Supporting pest management

Fruit flies are major economic pests, and as such there is a ongoing need for their control.  At QUT we carry out strategic research which provides a scientific basis for the development of new or improved fruit fly controls.  In the past we have completed research on developing a better understanding of how the Queensland fruit fly responds to, and forages for, protein and other resources.  We currently have a major project, in collaboration with CSIRO and other partners, on the landscape ecology of Queensland fruit fly to assist the development of area-wide management recommendations.  Another, always ongoing part of the lab’s work is research on natural enemies of fruit flies, notably the opiine braconid wasps.