The National Fruit Fly Research, Development & Extension Plan

The National Fruit Fly Research, Development & Extension Plan

Queensland fruit flyFruit fly costs the nation approximately $300 million a year in control and lost markets, with over 75 per cent of Australian fruit and vegetable exports susceptible. As the main chemical control methods of fruit fly, dimethoate and fenthion, are being phased out a long term solution to controlling these pests is vital. As well as already established pests, there are over 30 exotic fruit fly species offshore which are considered biosecurity threats to Australian horticultural industries.

As part of ensuring that fruit fly is not a constraint to future sustainable production and domestic and international market access, Minister Barnaby Joyce has reinvigorated the National Fruit Fly Strategy by implementing an Advisory Committee to oversee its implementation, hosted by Plant Heath Australia.

The Minister also requested that the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) develop a long-term National Fruit Fly Research, Development & Extension (RD&E) Plan. The Plan was launched on 23 June 2015.

The RD&E plan sits under both the National Fruit Fly Strategy and the National Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy and operates under advice from the National Fruit Fly Strategy Advisory Committee and the National Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy Implementation Committee.

The plan provides a foundation for long term fruit fly RD&E in Australia, to support the ongoing profitability and trade of fruit fly affected industries.

The National Fruit Fly RD&E Plan aims to:

  1. Identify Australia’s current capability in fruit fly research, development and extension.
  2. Identify the outcomes required by growers, industries, regulators and biosecurity managers which are needed to ensure that fruit fly is not an impediment to sustainable production and market access.
  3. Identify Australia’s short, medium and long-term strategic RD&E fruit fly needs and priorities to meet those outcomes and the aims of the National Fruit Fly Strategy.
  4. Identify potential funding sources to support future RD&E activities.
  5. Promote and facilitate collaboration in fruit fly RD&E at the community, regional, national and international level.

The National Fruit Fly Research, Development and Extension Plan (pdf, 4 MB)

Prioritisation workshops

In June - August 2015 PBCRC ran regional workshops in SA, Vic, NSW, WA and NT/QLD to identify and collate regional strategic priorities in regard to the National Fruit Fly RD&E Plan. The issues identified at the workshops will be used by the National Fruit Fly Council as part of its larger fruit fly prioritisation process. An output of these workshops was the National Fruit Fly RD&E Prioritisation Workshop Report (pdf, 1MB)

For more information, please contact: FruitFlyRD&E@pbcrc.com.au

More information is also available about the PBCRC's fruit fly research.