Scientists target fruit pest

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SCIENTISTS from the Capital are to develop pesticides against a devastating fruit crop pest after they unravelled its genetic make-up.

Edinburgh University researchers said understanding the genes of the suzukii fly, which targets fresh rather than rotting fruit, could help create artificial fragrances that would trap and kill the pest. 
Professor Mark Blaxter, of the university’s GenePool Genomics Facility, said: “It is great to be able to use our state-of-the-art equipment and skills to help with such a threatening pest. We hope this new information will drive efforts to find control agents and preserve our soft fruit industry.”