Fix for fruit y in­fes­ta­tion

Gardening Australia - - GARDEN NEWS -

Steps have been taken to re­duce the preva­lence of Queens­land fruit fly in South Aus­tralia, with the re­lease of hun­dreds of thou­sands of ster­ile fruit flies via an aerial drop over Ade­laide. An­other 2 mil­lion males were set to be re­leased in April, with the goal of lim­it­ing re­pro­duc­tion of the species, which will ben­e­fit the home gardener as well as com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture. Queens­land fruit fly is a ma­jor pest of a wide range of fruits and fruit­ing veg­eta­bles. Re­duc­ing the fruit fly pop­u­la­tion will re­sult in more crops and fewer ap­pli­ca­tions of sprays. This tech­nol­ogy is still in the trial phase, but watch this space!

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