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27 June 2017

New Research Training Centre for new, sustainable 
ways to control fruit fly pests

A new Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre, which aims to provide new and sustainable tools and approaches for protecting horticultural crops from fruit fly pests, has been launched today.

The ARC Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation, led by Associate Professor Phillip Taylor at Macquarie University, was launched by the Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, on behalf of Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, today.

The new Training Centre is receiving $3.7 million over five years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme to undertake important research projects and researcher training to address the way that horticultural industries combat invasive fruit flies that threaten Australian crops.

ARC Acting CEO, Ms Leanne Harvey, said the Training Centre will develop new approaches to attacking the fruit fly pest, including new insecticides and alternative control measures, for the future protection of crops and consumer health.

“Working with industry partnering organisations, the ARC Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation is dedicated to providing Australia’s horticultural industries with new, sustainable and environmentally friendly tools for controlling fruit fly pests,” said Ms Harvey.

“This new ARC Training Centre will lead Australia and the world in training the next generation of insect biosecurity researchers, by embedding students and early career researchers within industry.”

Researchers based at Macquarie University will work closely with Queensland University of Technology and Western Sydney University, and with partner organisations: NSW Trade and Investment; NSW Department of Primary Industries; Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry; CSIRO; New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research; and Ecogrow Environment Pty Ltd.

The Industrial Transformation Research Training Centres scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training in research industries that are vital to Australia's future.

For more information about this research Training Centre, please visit the ARC Training Centre Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation website. For more information about the ARC and its grant schemes, visit the ARC website.


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