South Australia's sterile fruit fly production boost

May 13, 2019

 

Port Augusta's National Sterile Insect Technology facility now has a second x-ray irradiation machine, meaning they will now be able to produce up to 50 million sterile fruit flies a week.

 

This will increase the production of sterile Queensland fruit flies, which are then released in areas where a fruit fly outbreak has been declared, aiming to reduce the population of wild fruit flies. A recent example of this is the SIT flies that were released at Loxton to eradicate the outbreak there. 

 

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