Fruit flies are the world’s most economically significant plant pests affecting horticulture, with a high economic impact on horticultural production, control costs and domestic and international market access. Consequently, sustainable management of fruit flies is of central concern to Australia’s horticultural industries.
Fruit flies impact all aspects of the Australian government’s pre-border, border and post-border biosecurity work related to the horticultural industries. The Australian Government’s role includes:
The ability of the Australian government to negotiate international market access for fruit fly host commodities is dependent on having scientifically robust data and information across the production system, including pre-harvest management, post-harvest treatments and an understanding of biological, physiological and ecological aspects.
The scientific community can play a key role not only in contributing to export ready data packages for market access negotiations, but also in communicating research in a manner that supports the Australian government’s role in international negotiations. The sensitivities associated with international market access and the potential mechanisms to improve coordination with the scientific community to deliver improved market access opportunities will be discussed.