National Fruit Fly RD&E Plan launched

June 25, 2015

A 20 year plan to manage the risks of exotic fruit fly species entering Australia, reducing potential impacts to production and improving market opportunities, has been launched by the Plant Biosecurity CRC.

As the main chemical control methods of fruit fly, dimethoate and fenthion, are being phased out a long term solution to controlling these pests is vital.

It is the first time there has been a national RD&E plan which identifies priority projects.

The plan sits underneath the National Fruit Fly Strategy and the National Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy and will operate under advice from the National Fruit Fly Strategy Advisory Committee and the National Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy Implementation Committee.

As part of the implementation process, there will be a series of regional workshops conducted by the Plant Biosecurity CRC to facilitate actions under the new plan.

More information about the workshops, the plan and its aims is available from the Plant Biosecurity CRC website.