23 November, 2015

Fruit fly experts join Hort Innovation roadshow

A group of international and Australian fruit fly specialists, researchers and agronomists will embark on a roadshow to meet with Australian horticulture growers during November and December.

The roadshow, funded, organised and facilitated by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation), aims to assist growers with the management of fruit flies in today’s environment, and build confidence amongst growers in combating fruit flies without the use of cover-sprays (organophosphates).

Special guest from the United States Department of Agriculture in Hawaii, Dr Roger Vargus, will present relevant overseas research in fruit fly and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at some of the meetings. Dr Vargus has 33 years’ experience in insect ecology, biological control, and IPM. He successfully coordinated the Hawaii Fruit Fly Area-Wide Management (AWM) program that received seven major awards for IPM excellence.

Dr Olivia Reynolds, Senior Research Scientist from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University is an expert in AWM and Sterile Insect Technology (SIT), and will present at some of the roadshow locations.

Dan Papacek, Entomologist from Bugs for Bugs, will present on AWM of Qfly and IPM at some of the roadshow locations. Dan has 35 years’ experience working with growers to manage fruit fly in sub-tropical Queensland and is Chairman of the Central Burnett AWM Committee (Fruit Fly Force).

Other presentations will also include the current Hort Innovation program for fruit fly, the SIT plus program, and the AWM program in the eastern states of Australia and Western Australia.

Hort Innovation CEO, Mr John Lloyd said a key focus of each event will be answering growers’ questions and provide an update on the positive work that is being done to control fruit fly.

“The roadshow will provide an opportunity for fruit fly researchers to gain insight into the perspectives and needs of growers and hear growers’ feedback on fruit fly management,” Mr Lloyd said.

“Growers are our ‘on-the-ground subject matter experts’ and getting their feedback will help shape the direction of fruit fly research in the future.”

For more information, visit horticulture.com.au/events or to RSVP, contact Dan Ryan on 02 8295 2385 or events@horticulture.com.au.

Location Venue Date Duration Guest presenter/s
Perth Hills WA Zig Zag Cultural Centre

50 Railway Road

Kalamunda WA 6076

30/11/2015 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Dr Roger Vargus
Bunbury WA Quality Hotel Lord Forrest
20 Symmons Street
Bunbury WA 6230
30/11/2015 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm Dr Roger Vargus
Waikerie SA Waikerie Hotel
2 McCoy Street
Waikerie SA 5330
1/12/2015 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds

Mildura Vic DPI Centre Mildura Corner Eleventh Street and Koorlong Avenue
Irymple VIC 3498
2/12/2015 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds

Swan Hill Vic IBIS Styles Swan Hill Resort

405–415 Campbell Street

Swan Hill VIC 3585

3/12/2015 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds

Tatura Vic DEDJTR Tatura
255 Ferguson Road
Tatura VIC 3616
4/12/2015 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds

Griffith NSW Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club Jondaryan Avenue
Griffith NSW 2680
7/12/2015 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds

Young NSW PCYC Young
45 Lachlan Street
Young NSW 2594
8/12/2015 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds

Bundaberg Qld Rowers on the River
2 Toonburra Street
Bundaberg QLD 4670
9/12/2015 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Dr Roger Vargus

Dr Olivia Reynolds
Dan Papacek

Coffs Harbour NSW Southern Cross University Horticultural Section

P Block, Hogbin Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

14/12/2015 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Dr Olivia Reynolds
Dan Papacek
Bowen Qld PCYC Bowen
Corner Queens Road and Hay Street
Bowen QLD 4805
15/12/2015 5.30pm – 7.30pm Dan Papacek
Mareeba Qld Mareeba Leagues Club
Doyle Street
Mareeba QLD 4880
16/12/2015 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm Dan Papacek



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