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Oregon fruit growers battle pest

Oregon researchers are studying spotted wing drosophila, a pest that preys on fruit crops.

Oregon researchers are studying spotted wing drosophila, a pest that preys on fruit crops.

"It threatens the fruit industry," [entomologist and assistant professor of research and extension at OSU, Amy] Dreves said. "It lays its eggs inside the fruit and feeds inside the berries."

Most SWD died from winter freezes last year. But a few survived to start the cycle again this spring.

"The cooler weather has kept levels down, but numbers are increasing," she said. "We have started to see them in traps in cherries this year."

Read more at OregonLive.com.

Read more about last year's fight with SWD.

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