Announcements

Job offersmore »





Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Queensland Fruit Fly

Australians plan to eliminate pest

As part of a coordinated approach to protecting the region against Queensland Fruit Fly, field officers have been positioned across the Goulburn Murray Valley. Their deployment allows for the immediate management of fruit fly hot spots as they occur.

The regional Queensland Fruit Fly trapping program had detected a significant upsurge in fruit fly numbers during December, and indications suggested the increase would continue through January and February. To prevent towns becoming breeding grounds for the pest, anyone who grows fruit trees and vegetables should inspect their ripening produce and correctly dispose of contaminated fruit and vegetables before the larvae turn into breeding adults.

‘‘Any fruit and vegetable in the home garden that has been infested with fruit fly should be destroyed by placing it in the freezer or microwave, or alternatively by placing it in a sealed plastic bag and leaving it in the sun for five to seven days to kill any maggots prior to disposal,’’ says QFF coordinator Ross Abberfield according to riverineherald.com.au.

Home gardeners are asked to apply a range of control methods such as the use of exclusion netting or fruit bagging, traps and insecticide or bait spray where it is considered appropriate. Property owners with unwanted fruit trees in residential yards have until the end of February to apply to have them removed at no cost through the urban fruit tree removal program.

The program has been extended in response to continued high demand and has helped reduce the spread of fruit fly by eliminating potential breeding grounds found in unattended fruit trees and rotten fruit.


Publication date: 1/25/2018

 


 

Other news in this sector:

2/19/2018 US (MI): "Be on the lookout for spider mites and broad mites"
2/19/2018 US: EPA settles with Amazon for distributions of illegal pesticides
2/16/2018 Horticulture New Zealand backs strong stance on stink bugs
2/16/2018 Multi-pronged approach to reducing tomato leaf miner devastation
2/15/2018 Dropsa presents latest & closing findings
2/13/2018 "Sustainable cultivation goes much further than pests and natural enemies"
2/9/2018 "Shore flies are the ring leader of nuisance insects in the greenhouse"
2/9/2018 "Alternaria may result in plant death"
2/8/2018 Tasmania: Authorities seize produce taken outside exclusion zones
2/7/2018 US: Kocide 3000-O approved for use in organic agriculture
2/6/2018 US (GA): National Pesticide Safety Education Month launched
2/5/2018 US East Coast: Spotted lanternfly has potential for devastation
2/2/2018 New Delhi virus spreads to Morocco
2/2/2018 Spain: Market reaps benefits from biorationals cooperation
2/1/2018 Rwanda: Pepper viruses found in chilli peppers
2/1/2018 Florida bee keepers alarmed
2/1/2018 A roadmap for the detection of plant pests and diseases
2/1/2018 Australia: Report identifies 79 thrip pests “of quarantine concern” ​
1/26/2018 US (WV): Researchers to develop innovative approach to pest control
1/26/2018 "Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture"