Drosophila pest targeted by genomic research
The University of California, Davis, with help from several other research institutions, is taking great strides in the fight against a common fruit pest – the spotted wing drosophila. Introduced to the US in 2008 from Asia, the drosophila wreaks havoc on several species of fruit. UC Davis has democratized research about the pest’s genome sequencing through a public-access web portal in hopes that scientists around the country and world will be able to work together to weed out the pest. One particular hope for the research is creating specific DNA testing to check shipping crates to see if they carry drosophila larvae before they leave for the US.