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Queensland fruit fly populations reduced by SIT program

A recent Hort Innovation media release highlights how releases of sterile Queensland fruit flies during a pilot from September 2019 to mid-April 2020 in Hillston (NSW) and Cobram (VIC) was effective in reducing fly populations in the field.

Cobram agronomist Russell Fox said, “The sterile fruit fly releases have worked well so far and are widely supported by local growers and community. The program is a very useful complement to the regional fruit fly management strategy.”

Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said, “The timing of the SITPlus project has been ideal to fit in with our area wide management activity. In Cobram, the sterile fruit fly releases contributed to an 83% reduction in Queensland fruit fly activity.”

Media contact:

Maria Stathis

Hort Innovation Media and Public Affairs Manager Maria Stathis maria.stathis@horticulture.com.au