With mapping now completed for all 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts, the Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) is equipped to help citizens and agencies throughout the state make smarter and more sustainable environmental choices.
Researchers at the Center for Agriculture are using their expertise to help combat one of the most serious pest infestations in recent memory—the local colonization of the spotted wing drosophila, a type of vinegar fly.
Hatching is now occurring in Eastern MA and most of RI. Last year it defoliated about 80,000 acres in eastern MA. We have addressed the issue of what the abnormal winter effect may be on this pest in the press release.