Agricultural biosecurity experts fly into Sydney for ISFFEI 2022
(Released by Department of Primary Industries)
Strategies to combat the impact of a potential fruit fly invasion will be discussed when Sydney hosts the 11th International Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance (ISFFEI) in 2022.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Principal Research Scientist and Symposium chair, Dr Olivia Reynolds, said Australia is a world leader in fruit fly research with significant investment and advances in understanding fruit fly biology, ecology, behaviour and the development of management strategies.
“This symposium is the most important event in the fruit fly research calendar. Held every four years, it is an opportunity for national and international experts and colleagues to share scientific knowledge and discussions on a topic of significant biosecurity and economic importance worldwide.”
Fruit flies are a significant threat to Australia’s horticulture industry. Their effective management ensures producers can develop, maintain and enhance access into domestic and international markets.
Business Events Sydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith, the organisation that assisted NSW DPI securing the bid, said Australia’s experience and expertise in fruit fly outbreak management and prevention has attracted attention globally.
“Events like ISFFEI 2022, where global peers meet to solve global problems, are strategically important to Australia’s future, and the economic and social benefits will continue to flow for years to come.”
Dr Reynolds said the Symposium will provide the opportunity for DPI’s fruit fly experts to showcase on the international stage.
“DPI researchers manage the state-wide surveillance for exotic and endemic fruit flies.
“This includes defining the range of species in NSW and research testing new lures and trap designs, aligning Australian data with international standards and supporting the development of new trade protocols aligned to the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures.”
“The DPI Biosecurity Collections is a National Association of Testing Authorities accredited diagnostic lab providing morphological and molecular testing of fruit flies in NSW.
Internationally, Dr Reynolds is an Australian representative on the International Steering Committee for Fruit Flies of Economic Importance, and a co-founder of the International Atomic Energy Agency/Food and Agricultural Organisation Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia and Oceania (TAAO).
Individuals from across organisations in Australia and New Zealand make up the Organising Committee, and include in addition to NSWDPI, Hort. Innovation, SITplus, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Western Sydney, South Australian Research and Development Institute, Australian Entomological Society and Plant & Food NZ