The Fruit Fly Fund aims to control the fruit fly populations that may impact the productivity of the Australian horticulture industry.

It is estimated that fruit flies cost the horticulture industry more than $300 million in lost international or domestic markets annually*. Research in the Fruit Fly Fund is focused on enhancing existing in-field control measures, looking for new post disinfestation technologies, and developing and implementing sterile insect technology (including area wide management in preparation for SIT implementation).

At the core of the Fruit Fly Fund is the ground-breaking $45 million SITplus partnership. The SITplus program pulls together some of the world’s leading fruit fly experts and research organisations, and aims to deliver an integrated solution to the management of Qfly. The fund also addresses Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Med Fly), with projects currently operating in Western Australia.

Please be aware that all submitted concepts must fit within the parameters outlined in the Strategic Intent Document

Click here to download the Fruit Fly SITplus fact Sheet

*estimated by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (2016), not taking into consideration potential industry growth.


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See some of the great work from the funds in these videos…