Prickly pear found
The battle continues to rid the Goulburn Murray district of Queensland fruit fly with recent inspections along the Murray Valley Hwy identifying large clusters of prickly pear, a known host plant.
Goulburn Murray Valley regional fruit fly co-ordinator Ross Abberfield is working with VicRoads and government agencies to identify and remove rogue fruit trees and vegetables growing on public land across the region.
‘‘Prickly pear is just one host fruit that attracts Queensland fruit fly,’’ he said.
‘‘There are many fruit and vegetable varieties growing wild on public land providing an ideal breeding site.’’
Prickly problem: Ross Abberfield with a large cluster of prickly pear, which is a host plant for Queensland fruit fly.