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New website for Qfly management


Whether you know a little or a lot about Queensland Fruit Fly,  a new website launched by the SITplus consortium is the essential place to get started on managing horticulture’s most economically damaging pest.

Release of sterile Queensland Fruit Flies (Qfly) will commence later this year under the SITplus release program to combat recent outbreaks of Qfly by releasing millions of sterile flies into the environment via airplane. Using what is known as Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), the idea is in many ways simple: the sterile flies become the seemingly ideal but ill-fated partners to the region’s wild population. As they mate with no outcome, the population decreases.

It’s an approach that is anticipated to become an integral component of Australian efforts to help control Qfly; but for SIT to be most effective, areas must first manage Qfly populations to achieve adequate Qfly population levels for the program to be implemented and effective.

Area-Wide Management (AWM) is the preferred method for this. This proven management approach for mobile pests around the world employs a united strategy to target all pest habitats within a well-defined area or region and reduce Qfly populations.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources enlisted Hort Innovation (as part of the Hort Frontiers Fruit Fly Fund) and CSIRO to produce an online tool to help anyone undertake an Area-Wide Management program. The comprehensive guidelines explain both the fruit fly itself and the AWM program; how to implement and maintain AWM; and the subsequent opportunities for the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) once the program has been successfully run.

To be most effective, Area-Wide Management requires input from the whole community. Because of this, the website offers three different sets of steps in implementing AWM, depending on whether the user is a fruit fly coordinator, a commercial grower or a backyard gardener. Each section has video content outlining the steps.

Plus, there’s a range of useful materials and information, including all the science and research that formed the foundation of the guidelines, and even downloadable posters and fact sheets.

Whether you know a little or a lot about Queensland fruit fly, the website is the essential place to begin in combating one of horticulture’s enduring little enemies.

Visit it now at


The Adaptive Area Wide Management of Qfly using SIT project is being delivered by Hort Innovation in partnership with CSIRO, and is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture & Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program. Further partners include QUT, Agriculture Victoria, NSW DPI, PIRSA, SARDI, Wine Australia and BioFly.

For further information please contact; Dr Penny Measham, Qfly AWM Coordinator, SITplus, Hort Innovation

Ph. 0417 525 0904 Email.

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