Fly into learn­ing

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Bron­wyn Dono­van

Pen­rhos Col­lege has used be­ing in a Queens­land fruit fly quar­an­tine area as a stu­dent learn­ing ex­er­cise on in­va­sive de­struc­tive pests.

TEACH­ERS at Pen­rhos Col­lege in Como have em­braced be­ing in a Queens­land fruit fly (Qfly) quar­an­tine area, us­ing it as a stu­dent learn­ing ex­er­cise on in­va­sive de­struc­tive pests.

The Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment is work­ing to erad­i­cate the pest fol­low­ing the de­tec­tion of male Qfly in its sur­veil­lance traps in Como in May.

Biose­cu­rity man­ager Ros­alie McCauley said the col­lege was set­ting a great ex­am­ple of how the lo­cal com­mu­nity could help with the erad­i­ca­tion ef­fort.

“From day one, Pen­rhos has been wholly sup­port­ive of our pro­gram and is us­ing it to teach stu­dents about the quar­an­tine rules and erad­i­ca­tion work,” she said.

“This has in­cluded reg­u­lar spray bait­ing of cit­rus trees on the site and work­ing with the col­lege’s groundskeeper to keep an eye out for ev­i­dence of fruit fly, as well as us­ing a so­lar­i­sa­tion pro­gram to dis­pose prop­erly of fruit.”

Pen­rhos Col­lege Year 2 stu­dents look­ing at Qfly quar­an­tine in­for­ma­tion with Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jemma Thomas.

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