The National Fly Symposium saw approximately 90 representatives from governments, research organisations and horticultural industries gather to hear about the current changes and challenges to fruit fly management, consider the future aspirations and opportunities for horticultural market access, hear updates on research and development activities, and learn about how different regions are managing these important pests.
An overview of the symposium’s sessions and PDFs of the speaker presentations can be found below.
Session 1: Welcome and introduction
The symposium’s opening session focused on how the risks posed by fruit flies have changed since the 2008 National Fruit Fly Strategy was released and what these changes mean for horticultural industries. The session also included a review of the patterns of international horticultural trade.
S1-5 Potential impacts of climate change – John Baumgartner <presentation coming soon>
Session 2: Maintaining access to markets
Access to domestic and international markets is vital for horticultural industries and a substantial research effort is devoted to securing that access. From development of new end-point disinfestation protocols, through to demonstrating the non-host status or very low risk of fruit fly infestation, there are a wide range of options being developed for different commodities and different production regions. This session heard updates on some of the major activities currently underway and on some of the options that might be used into the future.
S2-2 Mangoes as a conditional non-host of fruit fly – Brian Thistleton <presentation coming soon>
S2-4 Yarra Valley pest free place of production – Gary D’Arcy <presentation coming soon>
Session 3: Research and development activities
Improvements in fruit fly management, both short and long term, are possible due to a wide range of research and development activities. This session heard from a cross-section of Australia’s fruit fly research groups to outline the work being undertaken and how these outcomes can be applied to better manage pest fruit flies.
S3-2 Fruit fly focus in Agriculture Victoria research – David Williams <presentation coming soon>
S3-3 Adaptive Area-Wide-Management using SIT – Hazel Parry <presentation coming soon>
S3-5 Improved male attractants for pest fruit flies – Jane Royer <presentation coming soon>
Session 4: Management tools and approaches
While fruit flies are potentially serious pests, effective control is possible and decades of experience has helped develop pest management systems for many impacted industries. This session heard about how some of those systems have been developed as well as some of the new management tools being investigated.
S4-1 SIT: Where it fits in the toolbox – Dan Ryan <presentation coming soon>
S4-2 History of research on baits and lures in Dacinae – Richard Drew <presentation coming soon>
S4-3 Fruit fly biocontrol – Olivia Reynolds <presentation coming soon>
Session 5: Getting fruit fly control to work across regions
A critical aspect of managing any pest is the way that the range of tools and techniques are brought together at the regional and local level. The development of local groups, input of regionally based extension officers and pest control advisers and securing support from local residents and travellers are all vital. Communication between production regions and between various horticultural groups can also provide valuable insight and context for developing fruit fly control programs. This session heard about some of the programs underway to improve fruit fly management for specific crops or within specific regions.
S5-6 Managing fruit fly in Victoria – Cathy Mansfield / Deidre Jaensch / Ross Abberfield / Bronwyn Koll <presentation coming soon>