Selected invasive pests in fruiticulture - overview of the current situation and ongoing research projects on spotted wing Drosophila and stink bugs.
Foreign invasive species have caused considerable economic damage in fruiticulture during the past decade. Consequently, commercial fruit production is facing major, new challenges. Reasons for the spread of those pest insects are manifold. Appropriate control measures for the containment of invasive species depend on several years of experience with diverse fruit cultures and in-depth-knowledge of the insects' behaviour. For Spotted Wing Drosophila, first efficient mechanisms for the control of fruit infestation were identified and are in use. Moreover, broad knowledge of biology, ecology, and genetics of this species is available and can be applied for the development of further control strategies. Research on invasive stink bugs is currently undertaken at different locations. Effective means for their population regulation are developed in those research projects.