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Construction underway for Australia’s first fruit fly facility

Staff writer |
The construction of Australia’s first facility to combat fruit fly has now commenced in Port Augusta, South Australia.

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The $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility will aim to combat the spread of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) in major horticulture growing regions. Construction of the facility is expected to take 10 months.

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) CEO, Mr John Lloyd said the $3.8 million centre is one part of a $47 million investment over the next five years to support the national fruit fly management program.

“Hort Innovation is contributing $800,000 to the facility in addition to the $3 million South Australian State Government commitment,” Mr Lloyd said.

“The centre will produce up to 50 million sterile male Qflies each week, which will be released to mate with females, thereby reducing offspring production.”

“The production of male-only sterile Qfly has never been done before on this scale.”

“This facility will have a significant impact on the future management of Qfly in Australia. It will assist in ensuring South Australia remains fruit fly free, while enabling the eastern states to reduce the significant impact of endemic Qfly in major horticulture growing regions.”

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