Funding boost for fruit fly research

Federal and state and territory governments are together tipping in $13 million to strengthen Australia’s fruit fly system research program. The funding is intended to support the national approach to fruit fly management.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said the program will help us better understand fruit fly and their management and complement international trade objectives.

“Fruit flies pose a serious threat to Australian horticulture, and some species are capable of infesting a wide range of commercial and native fruits and vegetables costing growers and threatening our exports,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The National Biosecurity Committee has recently approved six projects to address some of the gaps in our understanding of the pests. This research complements other fruit fly research undertaken by industry and other organisations.”

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