“I think we are fortunate to be in the position of being able to anticipate the threat from this pest," says Nik Wiman, a postdoctoral associate in Horticulture at OSU.(Growing Produce)
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For the past five years or so, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB, Halyomorpha halys) has been a major concern for fruit growers in the Eastern U.S., particularly those in the Mid-Atlantic region. While it was first detected in the U.S. in the late 1990s, BMSB really began making headlines around 2008 when it devastated peach and apple orchards, causing as much as 80% or more fruit loss in some areas.