Speaker profiles | Day 3

Thursday 6 May 2021

Fruit Fly and Production


Speakers

Dale WilliamsDale Williams

Dale Williams is a mango grower from Bowen in north Queensland and member of the National Fruit Fly Council. Dale has a wealth of experience in on-farm management of fruit fly, including participating in research projects such as smart trapping.

 

 

 

On what are growers doing to manage fruit fly, and when asked, “What is the most ineffectual thing a grower can do?

“To do nothing. Doing nothing is not an option. Growers must do something.”

Vito ManciniVito Mancini

Vito Mancini is a citrus grower in Griffith NSW and President of Griffith Citrus Growers. Vito is active in advocating for progression of citrus issues in the region.

Kevin BodnarukKevin Bodnaruk

Kevin Bodnaruk currently works in the area of pesticide regulation and risk assessment. He has over 35 years’ experience in the areas of pesticide development, use and regulation having worked in both government and private enterprise. He currently works as a consultant providing technical and regulatory input/support to Australian agricultural industries, government agencies, RDCs such as Hort Innovation and the GRDC, and internationally with the FAO.

Dan PapacekDan Papacek

Dan Papacek is Director of Bugs for Bugs specialises in integrated pest management (IPM) and is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of biological control agents and is based in Toowoomba, Queensland. Their mission is to help Australian growers achieve best practice pest management with minimal pesticides.

Andrew JessupAndrew Jessup

Andrew Jessup has been a consultant with Janren Consulting Pty Ltd since 2016. He conducts research on pest fruit flies, reviews Australian and international biosecurity procedures related to pest fruit flies and conducts workshops on understanding fruit fly issues as they affect horticultural production (commercial and back yard) and market access. Previously he worked with NSW Department of Primary Industries as a fruit fly researcher – a position he held for 34 years. During that time he developed quarantine treatments for overseas and interstate market access of fresh Australian horticultural commodities; the sterile insect technique for Queensland fruit fly; comparisons of fruit fly trapping and baiting technologies as well as fruit fly behaviour and ecology in the field and the laboratory. A three-year secondment to the United Nations benefitted Andrew’s knowledge and understanding of a large number of internationally significant pest fruit fly species.

Dr. Greg ChandlerGreg Chandler

Greg Chandler is the Research & Development Manager for Biosecurity at Hort Innovation, a large and diverse portfolio that includes a number of fruit fly R&D projects, including research on sterile insect technique, novel trapping methods, use of beneficial insects, and biosecurity preparedness for exotic fruit flies. Before joining Hort Innovation about a year ago, Greg spent seven years with the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment in several operational biosecurity roles including technical manager for the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy and assistant director for National Border Surveillance. Greg holds a Ph.D. in plant systematics from the Australian National University.

Assoc. Prof. Paul CunninghamPaul Cunningham

Associate Professor Paul Cunningham is the Research Leader for the Invertebrate & Weed Sciences group at Agriculture Victoria Research (Victorian Government). He leads a group research scientists, technicians and PhD students covering a wide range of topics in insect and plant biosecurity and pest management, including diagnostics and surveillance, chemical ecology and IPM (insect lure development), disinfestation, insect and weed biocontrol, weed management, and new technologies for insect pest detection (UAV surveillance and e-nose detection).

Dr. Polychronis RempoulakisPolychronis Rempoulakis

Polychronis Rempoulakis is a biologist-behavioral ecologist with international experience on insect bio-rational control strategies. He is the Leading Entomologist for Biosecurity of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, conducting research in applied entomology and supervising a diverse team of principal researchers. For the last 20 years he has worked in numerous projects and countries for the application of novel control methods for insect pests.

Narelle BeattieNarelle Beattie

Narelle Beattie is the Regional Manager of the greater Sunraysia Queensland fruit fly governance group. The Sunraysia program adopts area wide management principals; complemented with community education and awareness raising programs. Increasing the community’s knowledge and understanding about how to control Queensland fruit fly it vital to the program’s success.

The main goal of the area wide management program in the greater Sunraysia region is to reduce fruit fly numbers across the region. Reduced pest pressure enables growers to produce fruit not impacted by fruit fly. By reducing populations across the community it is expected that commercial properties are more likely to be able to control the impacts on-farm.

Bree GrimaBree Grima

Bree Grima is the Managing Director of the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative. The Cooperative seeks to assist growers in improving the profitability and productivity of the horticulture industry in the Bundaberg region as a whole and for individual businesses. It provides representation on political and policy issues and seeks to educate, engage and promote the industry both within the industry and to consumers. Bree joined the Cooperative in 2010, bringing advocacy, project management, industry liaison, corporate governance and communication skills to the organisation.

Nick SecombNick Secomb

Nick Secomb is the manager of Plant Health Operations in Primary Industries and Regions South Australia. In this role he oversees services to reduce the risk of pests and diseases that can affect South Australian crops and threaten the economy. This includes: fruit fly prevention, detection and eradication; market access certification and movement control of imports and exports; movement restrictions, border control and compliance; quarantine movement advice for travellers and businesses; general pest surveillance; and exotic plant pest emergency response and control.

Dr. Heleen krugerHeleen Kruger

Heleen Kruger is a social scientist that has been investigating the social and institutional aspects of Australian agriculture for more than 10 years, including projects on community engagement, social networks, labour productivity, the social impacts of pests, weeds and diseases, general surveillance, area-wide management of pests and agricultural innovation systems. She works in the Social Sciences team of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) within the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

Christina Cook

Christina Cook is manager of the National Fruit Fly Council, responsible for coordinating the work of the Council, engaging with members and other key stakeholders to oversee the delivery of the National Fruit Fly Strategy. Prior to working at Plant Health Australia, Christina worked in Primary Industries and Regions in South Australia, supporting horticulture industries achieve and leverage biosecurity credentials to improve production and market access, and previously spent 20 years with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture in various roles, including in biosecurity operations, legislation development, research coordination and quality improvements.

“Growers need support to manage all the ‘off-farm risks’ and things outside of their control.”

“There are quite a few ‘wicked’ problems with fruit fly. It will take a shared responsibility, with everyone playing their role, to make our management a success.”

Discussion panel experts

Panel 1

Steve BurdetteSteve Burdette

Steve Burdette is a member of the National Fruit Fly Council. He is a senior executive with a strong background in agribusiness, ranging from field packing, logistics and marketing to commercialising intellectual property rights, restructuring/mergers and developing extensive national and international contacts and relationship. He is an expert in all aspects of horticultural supply chain; from orchard development (including drought mitigation strategies and environmental sustainability) through to market.

Steve’s pragmatic experience is complemented by extensive knowledge in R&D tax, chairing a number of national and regional committees including fruit fly, variety and rootstock leadership, and seasonal worker programs. He has also founded two variety commercialisation companies and formed grower clubs in order to maximise the returns and market opportunities. In addition, he is an author and co-author of a number of technical publications.

On what are the critical success factors:

“On-farm production needs to be aligned with policies and market access. The alignment is very important, if we have a national strategy in place, it will give our trading partners more confidence that our system works.”

Andrew JessupAndrew Jessup

Andrew Jessup has been a consultant with Janren Consulting Pty Ltd since 2016. He conducts research on pest fruit flies, reviews Australian and international biosecurity procedures related to pest fruit flies and conducts workshops on understanding fruit fly issues as they affect horticultural production (commercial and back yard) and market access. Previously he worked with NSW Department of Primary Industries as a fruit fly researcher – a position he held for 34 years. During that time he developed quarantine treatments for overseas and interstate market access of fresh Australian horticultural commodities; the sterile insect technique for Queensland fruit fly; comparisons of fruit fly trapping and baiting technologies as well as fruit fly behaviour and ecology in the field and the laboratory. A three-year secondment to the United Nations benefitted Andrew’s knowledge and understanding of a large number of internationally significant pest fruit fly species.

Dan PapacekDan Papacek

Dan Papacek is Director of Bugs for Bugs specialises in integrated pest management (IPM) and is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of biological control agents and is based in Toowoomba, Queensland. Their mission is to help Australian growers achieve best practice pest management with minimal pesticides.

Dr. Polychronis RempoulakisPolychronis Rempoulakis

Polychronis Rempoulakis is a Biologist-Behavioral ecologist with international experience on insect bio-rational control strategies. He is the Leading Entomologist for Biosecurity of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, conducting research in applied entomology and supervising a diverse team of principal researchers. For the last 20 years he has worked in numerous projects and countries for the application of novel control methods for insect pests.


Panel 2

Lloyd Klumpp

Lloyd Klumpp is Chair of the National Fruit Fly Council. Until recently, Lloyd was the General Manager of Biosecurity Tasmania, a position he held for nine years. Biosecurity Tasmania is the division of the Tasmanian Government responsible for maintaining Tasmania’s biosecurity system including the State’s Fruit Fly Pest Free Area status. In that role, Lloyd represented Tasmania on many national committees and boards including the National Biosecurity Committee. During his time in government, Lloyd participated in and led a number of biosecurity emergency responses in both the animal and plant sectors including leading the Tasmanian Queensland fruit fly response in 2018.

Alison Anderson

Dr Alison Anderson is General Manager of Research Development and a member of the National Fruit Fly Council. Alison joined Hort Innovation (then Horticulture Australia Limited) in 2012 as the R&D Manager for Industry Development, going on to become Data & Insights Lead and later Fund Manager across three key portfolios.

Alison is backed by more than 20 years of experience working across agriculture and horticulture. Before joining Hort Innovation, she worked as an industry consultant in the fields of soil management, research, policy and the environment. She also held roles at NSW Farmers’ Association including Vegetable Industry Development Officer and Policy Manager for Horticulture, Agricultural Chemicals and Bees, and was a member of the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council.

Steve BurdetteSteve Burdette

Steve Burdette is a member of the National Fruit Fly Council. He is a senior executive with a strong background in agribusiness, ranging from field packing, logistics and marketing to commercialising intellectual property rights, restructuring/mergers and developing extensive national and international contacts and relationship. He is an expert in all aspects of horticultural supply chain; from orchard development (including drought mitigation strategies and environmental sustainability) through to market.

Steve’s pragmatic experience is complemented by extensive knowledge in R&D tax, chairing a number of national and regional committees including fruit fly, variety and rootstock leadership, and seasonal worker programs. He has also founded two variety commercialisation companies and formed grower clubs in order to maximise the returns and market opportunities. In addition, he is an author and co-author of a number of technical publications.

Tom EastlakeTom Eastlake

Tom Eastlake is a cherry grower, President of Cherry Growers Australia, and a member of the National Fruit Fly Council. Tom has a professional background in finance working in Agribusiness and International Trade divisions of one of Australia’s four major banks. Tom was also elected to the Cherry Growers Australia Board in 2015, becoming the President the same year. Established more than 40 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation CGA has grown into a dynamic organisation with a strong and proud history. From cherry growing, harvest, selling and promotion, CGA strives to assist Australian cherry growers by providing access to the best available resources, networks and market information.

Gabrielle Vivian-Smith

Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith is Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer in the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and is the primary representative of, and an advisor to, the Australian Government on all matters relating to Australia’s plant health status and its supporting systems. Gabrielle previously led a team that was working to protect Australia’s plant-based industries and the natural environment from exotic plant pests and helping to maintain, improve and open overseas export markets for Australian plants and plant products. Gabrielle has worked in biosecurity for 20 years including managing complex, high-profile biosecurity and scientific programs and portfolios in science, operational response and policy at state and national levels. Prior to joining the Commonwealth government, Gabrielle was previously Victoria’s Chief Plant Health Officer from 2013 to 2017.  From 2001 to 2013 Gabrielle led various Queensland Government biosecurity programs in invasive species research, policy and operational programs. Gabrielle’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons), a Graduate Diploma in Horticulture and a PhD in ecology.

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