Hawaiian fruit fly expert, Dr Roger Vargus, and a group of fruit fly specialists, researchers and agronomists, will shortly embark on a national roadshow to meet with Australian horticulture growers. The roadshow, 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, Dr Vargus, from the United States Department of Agriculture, will present at each meeting about relevant overseas research in fruit fly and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). 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. The implementation of the nationally recognised AWM program in many cases reduced the use of organophosphates by 75–90% for fruit fly control in Hawaii. Dr Vargus was also involved with further technology transfer and training with Thailand, China, Taiwan, French Polynesia, Guam, Northern Marianas, Fiji and various western African countries.

Presentations throughout the roadshow will also include the current Hort Innovation program for fruit fly, the Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) plus program, and the AWM program in the eastern states of Australia and Western Australia.

The roadshow’s first stop will be in Perth Hills, Western Australia on Monday 30 November, and will continue into Bunbury in Western Australia, Waikerie in South Australia, Mildura, Swan Hill and Tatura in Victoria, Griffith and Young in New South Wales, and Bundaberg, Bowen and Mareeba in QueenslanD.

The three locations in Victoria are:

DATE: Wednesday, 2 December  2015
TIME: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
LOCATION: DPI Centre Mildura, Corner Eleventh Street and Koorlong Avenue, Irymple VIC 3498

Swan Hill
DATE: Thursday, 3 December  2015
TIME: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
LOCATION: IBIS Styles Swan Hill Resort, 405 - 415 Campbell Street, Swan Hill VIC 3585 

DATE: Friday, 4 December 2015
TIME: 11.00am to 1.00pm
LOCATION: DEDJTR Tatura, 255 Ferguson Road, Tatura VIC 3616 

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