Michigan fruit producers are in competition with more than 30 fruit pests that threaten to damage their crops. The primary objective of the 156-acre Trevor Nichols Research Center is to find the best ways to keep fruit pest-free in Michigan while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers. Research topics include studying performance attributes of reduced-risk pesticides, optimizing delivery systems for crop protection materials, monitoring and controlling invasive and emerging pests, and developing novel pest management tactics. The center also supports IR-4, a United States Department of Agriculture project that works with specialty crop growers, registrants and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to register products for use on specialty crops, including reduced-risk pesticides.
Learn what MSU researchers are doing about a tiny invasive fly called spotted wing drosophila that’s causing major problems for the fruit industry.
Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities.
A tiny vinegar fly from eastern Asia called spotted wing drosophila is fast becoming one of the most intensively studied insects at Michigan State University. READ MORE
Researchers from Michigan State University have received a $173,151 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study novel, non-spray control methods for invasive fruit pests.
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