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Top End Talks on Best Way to Manage QFF at National Conference

The Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) was represented at the 6th Australian Biology of Tephritid Fruit Flies Conference at CSIRO in Canberra at the beginning of March. Key players in fruit fly control and research from across Australia converged on Black Mountain Canberra for the two day event, which was described by GMV Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield as a gathering of experts and the top minds on the subject. Researchers from Australia and overseas provided a range of presentations and interactive discussions on current research being undertaken into Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).
“The research presented at the conference will allow us to prioritise new research into fruit fly and progress our goal of achieving an area of low pest prevalence status in the Goulburn Murray Valley.
“This, together with understanding control points and leveraging existing investment in the region, will better prepare us for the initial roll out of sterilised insect technique (SIT PLUS),” Mr Abberfield said.
SIT PLUS is a five year research and development partnership that will see the release of large numbers of sterile male fruit flies. The release of sterile males aims to disrupt mating and suppress new QFF generations.
The GMV is an intensive horticultural region and it is hoped that SIT PLUS will be an integral component of a range of area wide control measures undertaken to reduce the spread of QFF.

“To further enhance collaboration and research opportunities in the GMV, an invitation has been extended to researchers to utilise the GMV to better understand the efficacy of management options in the region,” Mr Abberfield said.

For more information about what you can do to help reduce the spread of QFF, pick up an information pack from you local Council’s Customer Service Centre or go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au

Picture from Left: Doctor Valentina Colombo, GMV Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield and Group Leader of QFF Research CSIRO Black Mountain Canberra, Doctor Ronald Lee.

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