Better understanding of established fruit flies helps to improve the effectiveness of control methods and tools. It is important that growers have a range of management and disinfestation options to control fruit fly and maintain or gain access to markets. These options must be economical and be underpinned by evidence and confidence in supporting assurance systems.
Build and promote efficient and effective methods to manage established fruit fly species, to reduce the impact on production and to facilitate access to sensitive markets.
This priority area will be achieved through activities that include:
- Improving understanding of the physiological, behavioural and ecological processes relating to a wide range of fruit fly species, particularly for Qfly and Medfly.
- Establishing in-field control measures that reduce abundance of fruit fly and improve crop protection, whether based on existing chemicals, new chemicals, or alternative strategies such as SIT.
- Supporting initiatives that seek to improve area wide management of fruit fly.
- Assessing the feasibility, practicality and cost-effectiveness of eradicating Medfly from Australia.
- Implementing changes to current or future fruit fly control measures to help manage the impact of climate change on the potential distribution and abundance of fruit fly species in Australia.