Improving the biosecurity preparedness of Australian horticulture for the exotic spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) (MT17005)
What’s it all about?
Contracted in July 2018, this multi-industry investment spans several industry Funds. It is tasked with improving industry awareness of the risks posed by spotted wing drosophila, which attacks a range of soft-skinned fruit, and also increasing the capacity to detect and respond to any incursions of the pest.
Activities include building knowledge and capacity around appropriate surveillance and management tools and strategies within the growing industries, government and among other relevant stakeholders. Looking at options for meeting domestic and international quarantine requirements are also among the project’s activities.
Following on from the industry and government workshop and researcher roadshow in late 2018, project efforts have focused on information gathering and initial data modelling activities to find out more about the potential threat that spotted wing drosophila (SWD) poses to Australia’s key horticultural regions.
A literature review on potential non-chemical controls was published [link] including cultural control methods like exclusion netting, possible predators of the fly, and orchard hygiene.
Modelling of the likely spread of the pest has begun, to work out where surveillance activities are best targeted.
Communications activities have focused on advising horticultural industries of the commencement of the project as well as publicising roadshows.
- Download a list of known hosts of the exotic pest spotted wing drosophila, both crops and alternative plants that could harbour the pest.
- Read this summer 2019 update on project activities
- Learn about non-chemical controls for managing SWD
- Find out more about the project on the cesar website
- Watch a webinar on the potential threat that SWD poses to many horticultural crops.
This project is a multi-industry strategic levy investment in several Hort Innovation Funds