Post Factory Pilot of SITPlus Fly production

  • Taylor, Phil (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Rempoulakis, Polychronis (Chief Investigator)
  • Mainali, Bishwo (Chief Investigator)
  • Crisp, Peter (Partner Investigator)
  • Siddiqui, Mohammad (Chief Investigator)
  • Powis, Kevin (Partner Investigator)
  • Kent, Joanne (Partner Investigator)
  • Williams, David (Partner Investigator)
  • Il'ichev, Alexandre (Partner Investigator)
  • Dawson, Joanne (Partner Investigator)
  • Clements, Daniel (Partner Investigator)
  • Balagawi, Solomon (Partner Investigator)
  • Stevens, Mark (Partner Investigator)
  • Gillespie, Peter (Partner Investigator)
  • Reynolds, Olivia (Partner Investigator)
  • Stringer, Lloyd (Partner Investigator)
  • Kean, J. M. (Partner Investigator)

Project: Other

Project Details


The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a promising control method for Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), the single most significant pest of fruits and vegetables in Australia. Currently a significant research effort is underway to improve the production and quality aspects of SIT, and a mass rearing facility has been established and is now operating in SA. The next step is to utilize the material and the methodologies that have been developed so far for a post-production pilot programme that will establish operational procedures and demonstrate program efficacy to ensure that reliable and sustainable SIT is available when needed to protect production and market access.

The proposed project is a multicomponent effort involving collaboration of Macquarie University (MU), South Australia Research Development Institute (SARDI), Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR), New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) and Plant & Food Research (PFR). The overall goal is to develop and establish field operational practises for Q-fly SIT, and will include:

1) Investigate and optimise the delivery of flies from the facility in Port Augusta to regional rear-out centres
2) Optimise rear-out of sterile flies including; comparison of different rear out towers, optimising environmental and physiological parameters for fly performance, preparation for releases
3) Investigate and optimise release systems, undertaking multiple seasons of large scale releases and incorporating testing of supporting logistics
4) Assess and quantify the impact of sterile releases following large-scale releases to establish program efficacy
5) Evaluate the effects of stings from the releases of a bisexual strain
6) Work with the existing SITplus consortium to understand and incorporate existing research outcomes where applicable
7) Work with rural communities and grower organisations to develop a sustainable client base for SIT
Short titlePost Factory Pilot
Effective start/end date23/10/1828/09/22