SITplus: Port Augusta QFLY SIT factory

The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a promising control method for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), the single most significant pest of fruits and vegetables in Australia. Currently a significant research effort is underway to improve the production and quality aspects of SIT, and a mass rearing facility has been established and is now operating in SA. The next step is to utilize the material and the methodologies that have been developed so far for a post-production pilot programme that will establish operational procedures and demonstrate program efficacy to ensure that reliable and sustainable SIT is available when needed to protect production and market access.

The proposed project is a multicomponent effort involving collaboration of Macquarie University (MU), South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI), Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Plant & Food Research (PFR). The overall goal is to develop and establish field operational practises for Q-fly SIT.

For more information contact SITplus Program Director, Dan Ryan, at

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