ARC Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation

Project dates: 01/07/2015 - Ongoing

This large initiative, funded by the Australian Research Council, is led and coordinated by Prof Phil Taylor of Macquarie University.  This is a collaboration involving three university partners (Macquarie, QUT, University of Western Sydney) and several industry partners (CSIRO, NSW Dept of Primary Industries, Qld  Dept of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry; New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research; Ecogrow Environment).  This training centre aims to transform the way that horticulture industries combat invasive fruit flies that threaten Australian crops, which are valued at $9 billion per year. For generations, Australia has relied on insecticides to protect crops. Owing to environmental damage and concerns for consumer health, the most effective insecticides have recently been banned for use on many crops leaving no equivalent replacements. Horticulture industries are unprepared for this change, and are in desperate need of new sustainable practices to combat fruit flies. New researchers who are trained in both scientific approach and practical application will be well placed to deliver these new tools. The home page for the Centre can be found here.

Funding / Grants

  • ARC Training Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation: Australian Research Council, IC150100026 (2016 - 2022)


Other Team Members

Prof Stephen Cameron, Purdue University; A/Prof Matt Phillips, QUT.  Dr Melissa Starkie is a QUT PhD graduate of the Centre.  


Other Partners

Lead Agency, Macquarie University