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AUS: Fruit Fly Centre Coming

AUS: Fruit Fly Centre Coming

The world’s first research centre dedicated to combating Queensland fruit fly is one step closer to reality, with the South Australia government signing an agreement with Horticulture Innovation Australia to build and manage the $3.8 million National Sterile Insect Technology facility at Port Augusta. “Once completed, the facility will be able to produce 50 million sterile male fruit flies each week, which will be released to mate with wild females, thereby collapsing the population of the fruit flies,” says Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister, Leon Bignell. “This will make a huge difference in keeping South Australia fruit-fly-free, and will help to significantly reduce fruit fly populations in major horticulture regions in the eastern states.” During the second phase of the project, a commercial operator is expected to take over the enterprise, taking production to 2 billion sterile pupae a year. (Source: stockjournal.com.au)