A new species of midge targets canola flowers

Dr. Boyd Mori, research scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), studies about the pest that damages canola, cabbage, and broccoli crops. He noticed that there was a decline of swede midges in his study traps and to his surprise they are picking another type of insect, its species unknown.

Further studies in Ontario verified that this species of midge has never been on any record. Researchers think that the discovery happened just now because of the rise of canola plantations for the past 50 years.

Dr. Mori together with Dr. Brad Sinclair, a Diptera (fly) expert from Canadian Food Inspection Agency, would further study about the biology and potential impact of this new species. The newly discovered insect would be called Contarinia brassicola or Canola Flower Midge since it was found on canola crops.

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