The appearance in Canada in 2009 of the spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii has meant lost revenues for fruit growers and challenges for the crop specialists they rely on. Research activities underway provincially, at universities and within Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are helping to shed light on the behaviour and biology of this pest in our affected regions, and management approaches that may provide the solutions needed by growers.

A series of webinar sessions will be held over the course of the next few months in an effort to share information about the regional situation and progress made so far, and to provide a forum for discussion about gaps in knowledge and management, and next steps toward robust, sustainable solutions for management of this pest.

The first session in the series will take place on

Tuesday, December 13th 1:30 – 3:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

The focus will be on the situation in Nova Scotia and Quebec Provinces with respect to SWD, and will include research and monitoring updates from these areas. Subsequent sessions will take place in January and February, 2017.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, so register ahead of time to avoid disappointment. To register: 

  1. Go to
  2. Paste the meeting number “551 698 588” into the meeting number box
  3. Click on the green “Join” box, you will be redirected to a new page
  4. Click on the grey “Register” box
  5. Once PMC staff have accepted your registration you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting. Please allow at least 24 hours.

This webinar series is being provided by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group (SWD-TWG), a group established in 2012 as the result of a partnership between the Canadian Horticultural Council and AAFC’s Pest Management Centre.

The webinar session will be delivered through WEBEX. See instructions below on how to join us.

Topic: Spotted Wing Drosophila in Canada
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Meeting Number: 551 698 588
Meeting Password: Kf223Avu
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Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-413-4788  (Canada)
Call-in number: 1-613-960-7513  (Canada)
Conference ID: 457 001 3
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