National Fruit Fly Symposium 2021



Hosted by the National Fruit Fly Council, the National Fruit Fly Symposium has been designed to progress discussion on critical fruit fly issues and will seek to identify priorities for building future national success.


When: 4-6 May 2021, 10.30am – 1.30pm AEST
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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Tuesday 4 May 2021 | Day 1

Introduction and Overview of Fruit Fly in Australia

Australia’s fruit fly system is complex, involving many different stakeholders working together to manage fruit fly risks for the benefit of horticulture industries. Understanding the challenges and many interactions in the fruit fly system is key to identifying solutions and improvements for future national success.
*Background, purpose and scope of the symposium
*Current issues and future directions for the National Fruit Fly Council
*Toby Travanner, MC
*Sarah Corcoran, CEO, Plant Health Australia
*Llyod Klumpp, Chair, National Fruit Fly Council
10.55amPart 1
*Why fruit fly matters – production and trade
Fruit flies are a major global horticultural pest and Australia has two species of fruit fly that are economically important – Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly. These fruit flies, and other exotic fruit fly threats, can significantly impact both production and access to export and domestic markets for affected fruits and vegetables.
Video presentation
11.05amPanel discussion
Why fruit fly matters to production and trade
Tony Clarke, Michael Rogers, Tom Eastlake, Lloyd Klumpp, Sonya Broughton, Bertie Hennecke
11.40amPart 2
*Australia's fruit fly management system
Australia has a complex fruit fly management system, involving all levels of government, multiple industries and research organisations, and communities across the country. These many stakeholders have different roles and responsibilities and coordinating them into a cohesive national system is key to our future success.
Video presentation
11.45amPanel discussion
The fruit fly management system and national success
Tony Clarke, Michael Rogers, Tom Eastlake, Lloyd Klumpp, Sonya Broughton, Bertie Hennecke
12.30pmPart 3
*Current and emerging complexities and challenges
*The National Fruit Fly Strategy
Australia has experienced several fruit fly challenges over the last few decades, including an incursion of Papaya/Oriental fruit fly in Queensland, southern spread of Queensland fruit fly resulting in loss of pest freedom in NSW and Victoria, and recent outbreaks of fruit fly in pest free areas. These challenges have been met with multifaceted responses and adjustments by stakeholders. While there have been many victories, it is more important than ever that our efforts are consolidated and positioned for success.
Video presentation
12.40pmPanel discussion
Cooperation, coordination and sustainable funding
Tony Clarke, Michael Rogers, Tom Eastlake, Lloyd Klumpp, Sonya Broughton, Bertie Hennecke
View Day 1 speaker profiles

Wednesday 5 May 2021 | Day 2

Fruit Fly and Trade

Fruit fly is one of the most significant global horticultural pests, affecting around half of Australia’s $13b horticultural sector. International and domestic trading partners are concerned about potential risks from fruit fly and Australian governments, industries, and researchers all have a role to play in managing those risks so that trade can be maintained, enhanced and facilitated wherever possible. Coordinating these efforts is vital to future national success.
10.30amIntroduction and brief recap of Day 1
10.35amTrade overview for horticulture
An overview of Australia's fresh horticulture trade – covering current and emerging trends and trade issues for fruit fly affected produce.
*Australia's fresh produce trade – current and emerging trends
*Trade issues for fruit fly affected produce
*Martin Kneebone, FreshLogic
*Michael Clarke, AgEconPlus
10.55amInternational biosecurity and trade
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment shares a unique perspective on the importance of fruit fly in export trade, trends in trade negotiations, and critical future success factors. The Australian Horticultural Exporters’ and Importers’ Association reflects on the vital role this plays in supporting Australia's horticultural exports and shares some of the current challenges associated with fruit fly related export trade.
*The importance of fruit fly in export trade, trends in trade negotiations, and critical future success factors
*Supporting Australia's horticultural exports face challenges and impacts from fruit fly related export trade
*Peter Creaser, DAWE
*Andrea Magiafoglou, AHEIA
11.20amDomestic biosecurity and trade
The domestic plant health system works together to prevent the spread of pests and diseases across Australia. Preserving pest free areas and the east-west distribution of Queensland and Mediterranean fruit flies in Australia is managed by this regulatory system – setting a framework for domestic trade which also underpins our national export position.
*Overview of how the domestic plant health system works to manage fruit fly
*Trade challenges for fruit fly affected produce in the domestic system
*Managing and moving produce across Australia to prevent spread of fruit fly
*Rosa Crnov, PHC Chair, and CPHM Agriculture Victoria
*Sonya Broughton, CPHM, DPIRD WA
*Andrew Bishop, CPHM Biosecurity Tasmania
11.40amPanel discussion
Improving the trade system for fruit fly affected produce
Interactive discussion on the domestic and international trade systems for fruit fly affected produce, including future threats and opportunities.
Peter Creaser, Michael Clarke, Rosa Crnov, Andrea Magiafoglou
12.15pmIndustry fruit fly trade challenges
A wide variety of fruits and vegetables are hosts to fruit fly, but when it comes to trade, each industry is affected in different ways. Industry experiences in managing fruit fly and trade will be shared from several different sectors.
*The citrus industry's experience in managing fruit fly and trade
*The berry industry's experience in managing fruit fly and trade
*Perfection Fresh’s experience in managing fruit fly and trade
*David Daniels, Citrus Australia
*Jenny van de Meeberg, Berries Australia
*Andrew Redman, CTO, Perfection Fresh
12.40pmGrower fruit fly trade challenges
Each grower also has a different experience in accessing markets for fruit fly affected produce. Hear the unique perspectives of a summerfruit grower in Victoria, and an apple grower in Tasmania’s Pest Free Area.
*A summerfruit grower’s experience in accessing markets for fruit fly host produce
*An apple grower’s experience in accessing markets for fruit fly host produce
*Joelene Williams, Lake Boga, Victoria
*Brett Squibb, Spreyton, Tasmania
12.55pmResearch to support trade
Fruit fly research provides a critical evidence-base for trade. There are a range of research programs in Australia that support trade and this session will provide insights into current directions and future research needs.
*Fruit fly research programs for trade – a Hort Innovation perspective
*Fruit fly research for trade – directions, challenges and future needs
*Systems approaches – an alternative pathway for trade?
*Anthony Baker, Hort Innovation
*Peter Leach, Queensland DAF
*Rieks van Klinken, CSIRO
1.15pmPanel discussion
Improvements for industry for future trade success
Interactive discussion on the domestic and international trade systems for fruit fly affected produce, including future threats and opportunities.
Andrew Redman, Joelene Williams, Peter Leach
View Day 2 speaker profiles

Thursday 6 May 2021 | Day 3

Fruit Fly and Production

Protecting horticultural production from fruit fly is an ongoing challenge requiring multiple approaches to suit the differing commodities and pest pressures across Australia. Adopting best-practice for pest monitoring and in-field controls is an ongoing pursuit for growers which can often be impacted by issues outside of their control, such as loss of traditional agrichemicals and off-farm risks presented by peri-urban areas.
10.30amIntroduction and brief recap of Day 2
10.35amGrower fruit fly and production challenges
Fruit fly is reasonably well managed as a production pest in Australia but there are still important challenges that need to be overcome. Improving on-farm fruit fly knowledge and preparing for heavy fruit fly seasons are two important experiences that will be shared by growers in this session.
*A mango grower's experience of fruit fly production challenges
*A citrus grower's experience of fruit fly production challenges
*Dale Williams, Bowen, Qld
*Vito Mancini, Griffith, NSW
10.55amCurrent on-farm management tools
Continuous improvement of on-farm management tools for fruit fly remains an important goal for industry. As agrichemical options diminish, a range of other tools must be capable of addressing the needs of growers and supporting the production of ‘clean’ fruit.
*Current and emerging agrichemical challenges for growers
*IPM and using a systems approach to manage fruit fly in-field
*Fruit fly trapping to protect production
*Kevin Bodnaruk, Consultant
*Dan Papacek, Bugs for Bugs
*Andrew Jessup, Consultant
11.20amResearch to support production
Research to support production often has cross-industry benefits. There are several research projects recently completed and/or underway that will contribute to improved on-farm fruit fly management. There are also gaps that need to be considered.
*Fruit fly research programs for production – a Hort Innovation perspective
*Current research in fruit fly biological controls
*Current and emerging research trends to protect production from fruit fly
*Greg Chandler, Hort Innovation
*Paul Cunningham, Agriculture Victoria
*Polychronis Rempoulakis, NSW DPI
11.40amPanel discussion
Tools to protect production

Interactive discussion on current and developing tools to protect production including trapping, Sterile insect technique, biological controls, agrichemicals, and integrated pest management
Steve Burdette, Andrew Jessup, Dan Papacek, Polychronis Rempoulakis
12.20pmOff-farm challenges, opportunities and successes
Off-farm challenges include risks of fruit fly spreading from abandoned orchards, backyards of peri-urban areas or metropolitan areas, or from street trees. Managing these risks involves close cooperation with communities. The different social aspects of cooperation can ultimately determine levels of success.
*Sunraysia's experience with area-wide management
*Bundaberg's experience with community engagement
*South Australia's fight to keep fruit fly freedom
*Lessons from social research on area-wide management
*Narelle Beattie, Sunraysia Governance Group
*Bree Grima, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Cooperative
*Nick Secomb, PIRSA
*Heleen Kruger, ABARES
12.50pmWhat we’ve heard: the wicked fruit fly problems
Following several months of consultation and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, the manager of the National Fruit Fly Council will share the top fruit fly issues that are common across Australia and are seemingly impossible to resolve.
*Christina Cook, NFFC
1.00pmPanel discussion
Building future national success: critical factors and next steps

Interactive discussion summarising the fruit fly discussion over the three days of the symposium and considering the critical factors and next steps to build future national success.
Lloyd Klumpp, Alison Anderson, Steve Burdette, Gabrielle Vivian-Smith
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