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Q-fly eradication trial results are better than expected

The first-ever trial using sterile male fruit flies dropped by aircraft to control the Queensland fruit fly population has been described as a resounding success.

"The trial achieved results better than we expected and there was a noticeable drop in Queensland fruit fly populations in both areas," according to Dan Ryan from Hort Innovation.

In Cobram (VIC), the sterile fruit fly releases contributed to an 83 per cent reduction, while the nearby town of Mooroopna reported the population of fruit fly as 10 times higher than Cobram.

Read the full media release by ABC Rural.

Tas Country Hour / By Tony Briscoe