DROPSA: Strategies to develop innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens

DROPSA is a 4-year project involving 26 partners from Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America. It will focus on new and emerging threats due to Drosophila suzukii, and the bacterial pathogens:

Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa), Xanthomonas fragariae (Xf), and X. arboricola pv. pruni (Xap). These pathogens and Drosophila suzukii are a major concern and challenge to the fruit industry because their eradication or containment is not possible. Hence the development of targeted integrated pest management (IPM) is vital to maximize the economic impact on fruit production in the EU region.

High lights of the DROPSA-project will be presented at the ISFC 2018 conference.