B16002 Application to release alien spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) for experimental purposes

Receipt of application published on 8 November 2016

Publication in the Federal Law Gazette (BBI):

Applicant: Agroscope, Institute for Plant Production Sciences IPS

Description and origin of organism:

  • Spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), originating from south-east Asia, pest organism in soft fruits, stone fruits and viticulture;
  • Established spotted-wing drosophila will be collected locally in Switzerland, reared in the laboratory, and subsequently released in different habitat types (residential areas, hedges, forests).

Purpose of experiment:

  •  Investigation of spatial and seasonal population dynamics of spotted-wing drosophila in the landscape;
  • Study of effects of different factors affecting the spatio-temporal distribution of spotted-wing drosophila;
  • Development and implementation of approaches for the control of spotted-wing drosophila in consideration of elements promoting biodiversity in the landscape.

Location of experiment:

  • Experimental site at Agroscope and ZHAW, Wädenswil, Kanton Zurich;
  • Experimental site at the Steinobstzentrum Breitenhof, Wintersingen, Kanton Basel-Landschaft.

Duration of experiment: 6 months, summer 2017 to winter 2017/2018

Legal basis:

  • Ordinance on the Handling of Organisms in the environment (Release Ordinance, RO) of 10 September 2008 (SR 814.911).


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