Courtesy North American Raspberry & Blackberry AssociationUniversity of Calfornia farm advisor Mark Bolda, center, receives the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from Debby Wechsler, executive secretary of the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association, and Nathan Milburn, association president.The North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association recognized Mark Bolda, a University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, for his efforts to educate growers about the spotted wing drosphila.
Bolda, who's based in Santa Cruz County, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award at the association's North American Berry Conference, Jan. 30, in Portland, Ore., according to a news release.
Bolda first identified the fly as a new pest for coastal California berry growers in late 2008.
He led field trials to determine the best trap designs and trapping methods.
In addition, Borda led trials to help develop an integrated approach to control the new pest.
Spotted wing drosphila has since spread and is found in most berry-producing regions coast to coast.