Horticulture

Fruit fly management for vegetable growers

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Applied Horticultural Research has produced five videos for vegetable growers outlining strategies growers can use to manage fruit flies http://ahr.com.au/pests-and-diseases/fruit-fly-management-for-vegetable-growers-new/ The videos focus on the fruit fly life-cycle, monitoring the population, use of protein baiting, MAT and female traps, barriers and hygiene.

Fruit flies are recognised as one of the world’s most serious pests for horticulture. They can breed rapidly, disperse widely and successfully infest most fruit and fruiting vegetables. The larvae not only destroy infested fruit, but are a major quarantine issue for both domestic and international markets.

In-field treatment solutions are needed to not only meet domestic and export market requirements, but also to ensure that there is product worth selling.

There is a range of tools potentially available, including chemical, physical, genetic and biological methods. Improved understanding of fly ecology as well as expanding control on an area wide basis may further enhance effectiveness of such tools.

Source: AUSVEG