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Ongoing project

SITplus: Port Augusta Qfly SIT factory pilot operation (FF15000)

Key research provider: Primary Industries and Regions SA

What’s it all about?

Sterile insect technique (SIT) is a promising control method for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), the 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 Port Augusta, South Australia. This investment funds the operations of the facility to ensure that there is a supply of flies for future releases. This includes developing facility operating procedures, refining breeding and sterilising methods, optimising fly health through diet and environment, assessing fly fitness and staff training.

This project is a multicomponent effort involving collaboration of Macquarie University, South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI), Agriculture Victoria Research, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Plant & Food Research. The overall goal is to develop and establish field operational practises for Qfly SIT.