Fruit Fly pre­ven­tion

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COL­LAB­O­RA­TION be­tween the east and the west has strength­ened the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley (GMV) to rid the (QFF).

Area Wide Man­age­ment has been ap­plied to the two re­gions to con­trol QFF in the GMV and Mediter­ranean eas recorded in re­cent times.

re­cently took up an in­vi­ta­tion from the Western Aus­tralia De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment (WA DPIRD) to in­spect Perth and Carnar­von’s Ster­ile In­sect Tech­nol­ogy (SIT) fa­cil­i­ties and ad­vise on strate­gic en­gage­ment with grower and com­mu­nity groups as part of the col­lab­o­ra­tion.

rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Carnar­von Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ecu­rity Group (RBG) along with Carnar­von grower and com­mu­nity groups.

tion pro­ject man­ager Dr Ros­alie McCauley de­scribed the

“We were very happy to and as­sess our pro­gram and pro­vide us with some re­ally help­ful ad­vice on how we can drive our com­mu­nity en­gage­ment to a much higher level to en­cour­age our com­mu­nity and grow­ers to get on-board

One as­pect of the in­for­ma­tion ex­change fo­cused on the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and ed­u­ca­tion strate­gies un­der­taken in the GMV to en­cour­age stake­hold­ers to take own and re­spon­si­bly man­age the pest on their land and erad­i­cate un­man­aged habi­tat.

“I would like to thank WA DPIRD for this op­por­tu­nity to see their SIT pro­gram in ac­tion. We have learned bonds and will con­tinue to share knowl­edge and ex­peri

and wide­spread in the Carnar­von re­gion and through­out the south­ern ar­eas of Western Aus­tralia.

tralia’s hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try $10.2 mil­lion each year in lost pro­duc­tion and con­trol mea­sures.

DPIRD has worked with the lo­cal grow­ers on the ‘Pi­lot­ing of New Tech­niques to from Carnar­von’ pro­ject.

This pro­ject com­bines grower and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment to im­prove on­farm hy­giene prac­tices with a va­ri­ety of con­trol ac­tiv­i­ties to

Con­trol ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude an area-wide bait­ing and trap­ping pro­gram and the use of SIT re­lease.

SIT is the rear­ing of male and re­leased into the af­fected area.

The wild fe­males that mate with a ster­ile male pro­duce no off­spring.

When re­leased in large of ster­ile males can cause a pop­u­la­tion crash.

are bred and ster­ilised by x rear­ing fa­cil­ity.

ported to Carnar­von in re­frig­er­ated trucks as pu­pae.

The pu­pae are placed in spe­cialised tow­ers within a cus­tom built fa­cil­ity in Carnar­von un­til they emerge as adults.

The adults are fed on be­fore be­ing pre­pared for a chilled re­lease into the lo blower ma­chine.

This cus­tom built ma­chine is de­signed to sit on the back of a farm ute and dis­perses it slowly moves through lo­cal plan­ta­tions.

The pro­ject is cur­rently ster­ile males in the Carnar­von re­gion each week and the cant de­crease in the num­ber trap­ping grid.

“De­spite not cur­rently hav­ing a SIT re­lease pro­gram re­duc­tion in QFF num­bers

“The in­ten­sive com­mu­nity aware­ness and ploy­ment of field of­fi­cers to man­age ‘ hot spots’ and the large scale re­moval of un­man­aged QFF habi­tat from pri­vate and pub­lic lands has been in­stru­men­tal in our progress toward achiev­ing an Area of Low Pest Preva­lence here in the Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley.

“If we had a SIT re­lease pro­gram sim­i­lar to Carnar­von in tar­geted ar­eas in ing in in­creased qual­ity of our pro­duce and ex­pand­ing our

The ‘Pi­lot­ing New Tech­niques to Con­trol and Erad­i­cate Mediter­ranean Fruit Fly Pro­ject’ has been funded by the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions no­va­tion and the Carnar­von Grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The Goul­burn Mur­ray Val­ley Queens­land Fruit Fly Pro­ject is funded by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Manag­ing Fruit Fly Re­gional Grants Pro­gram.

If you are in­volved in the hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­try and wish to work col­lab­o­ra­tively con­tact the GMV Fruit Fly 5871 9222 or email gmvfruit

LIT­TLE PEST, BIG IM­PACT: The Queens­land fruit fly can an­ni­hi­late a crop. PHOTO: D. Yar­row

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