Dr Bishwo Mainali, from Applied BioSciences at Macquarie University, was interviewed by National Rural News on the 9th of September 2020. Dr Mainali talked about some important recent achievements of the pilot Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) program launched to reduce Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) populations in Cobram (VIC) and Hillston (NSW). The program has significantly reduced the numbers of wild flies, as demonstrated by the lower fly catches in field traps.
Dr Mainali has been working as an Entomologist for the past twenty years. His work includes the development of behavioural and biological control methods of soybean bugs including the design and development of lures and traps for these bugs, as well as for greenhouse pests such as thrips and whiteflies. Over the years, he has been working on the mass rearing and development of quality control protocols for Q-fly, fruit fly spatial and behavioral ecology, and all major operational elements of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).
Listen to the interview by clicking here.
This news was first launched by Hort Innovation through a media release titled "Sterile fruit flies contribute to reduction in Queensland fruit fly population" on the 8th of September 2020.