The fruit fly is one of the most serious pests in Australian horticulture, with two troublesome species causing growers headaches: the Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) across Queensland, NT, NSW, ACT and Victoria; and the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) in WA.
Fruit flies breed rapidly, disperse widely and successfully infest most fruiting vegetables. The larvae destroy infested fruit and pose a significant quarantine issue in domestic and overseas markets.
Due to human health concerns, the use of certain pesticides previously used to combat fruit-fly infestation is no longer permitted in Australia. Horticultural producers must therefore rely on a suite of alternative control methods to manage fruit-fly and minimise damage to their crops.
Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) has produced series of five videos and an accompanying handbook outlining strategies growers can use to manage fruit fly in vegetable crops.
The series, titled Fruit fly management for vegetable growers, includes information on:
- the fruit fly life cycle;
- monitoring fruit flies;
- the use of protein baiting;
- fruit-fly male annihilation techniques; and
- effective netting.
The webinar will give an “interactive overview” of the Fruit fly management for vegetable growers resources, and offers participants the chance to interact with the project’s lead researcher, AHR's Dr Jenny Ekman.
AHR, a multi-disciplinary research, communications and training team that supports innovation and sustainability all along the horticultural supply chain. It works with growers, processors and support organisations here and abroad to deliver better products to consumers and better returns to growers.
The webinar will take place from 12:30pm–1:30pm (AEST) on Friday 19 May 2017. It’s free, but pre-registration is required. On registration, you’ll be given the webinar login details.
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