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Free tree removal program effective in giving Queensland Fruit Fly the boot

April 24th, 2020|

Fruit fly is finding it harder to get a foothold in the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) thanks to moves to disrupt the pest’s habitat through the removal and eradication of unwanted fruiting trees and plants.

The GMV Fruit Fly Project’s free tree removal program has significantly reduced potential breeding habitat through the removal of nearly 80,000 unmanaged fruit trees and plants since June 2017. It is estimated that by the end of the financial year this number will have […]

Home gardeners respond to COVID-19

March 27th, 2020|

The Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Fruit Fly office in Victoria has responded to a surge in enquires by the public wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in the safety of their own backyards due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

GMV Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said COVID-19 restrictions are escalating daily and more and more people are opting to grow their own fruit and vegetables, with a reported run on vegetable seedling and seed sales in recent […]

United approach to Fruit Fly Area Wide Management

February 6th, 2020|

The Area Wide Management (AWM) of fruit fly relies on a united management approach, bringing together agencies and representatives from a broad spectrum.

The Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Fruit Fly Governance Group recently met with Agriculture Victoria and the Manager of the National Fruit Fly Council in Cobram, Victoria to discuss opportunities to further enhance the coordinated management of the pest.

The GMV Fruit Fly Project is a recognised leader in Fruit Fly AWM, bringing together community, government and industry […]

Rogue Fruit Tree Register

October 26th, 2019|

Rogue fruit trees growing on public land, roadsides, channel banks or reserves are a potential habitat for Qld Fruit Fly.

How you can help…

If you spot a fruit tree growing on public land take note of its location, type (if known) and approximate size then contact
participating Council to complete the Rogue Tree Registration Form.  The reporting process is easy and can be done through
the Customer Service Desk of participating Councils.

Participating Shires include – 

‘Blue sky research’ merges with practical solutions to combat fruit fly at national conference in Shepparton

May 30th, 2019|

Goulburn Murray Valley hosts 7th Australian Biology of Tephritid Fruit Flies Conference

A national contingent has converged on Shepparton for the Australian Biology of Tephritid Fruit Flies Conference, bringing together researchers, scholars and industry leads. The Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project hosted the national conference which ran over Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May 2019 at Riverlinks Shepparton and attracted approximately 150 delegates from across Australia.

The conference theme of “Blue Sky Applied” highlighted blue […]

Airborne releases of Sterile Fruit Flies for Cobram

March 13th, 2019|

Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) populations in and around Cobram will be disrupted by the release of sterile Queensland fruit flies as part of a national Hort Innovation project.

Approximately 2 million sterile Qfly per week will be released over about 16 square kilometres by a specialised small plane passing over Cobram in the next few months. The Hort Innovation project ‘FF17000 – Post Factory Pilot of SITplus fly production’ is led by Macquarie University in collaboration with SARDI, Agriculture […]

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