Port Augusta’s National Sterile Insect Technique Facility Undergoing $3 Million Expansion

September 8, 2023 1:00 am in by

In a significant development in the fight against fruit flies, Port Augusta’s National Sterile Insect Technique facility is undergoing a $3 million expansion.

Funded under the Federal Government’s $30 million “Building Resilience to Manage Fruit Fly” program the expansion marks a significant stride forward.

The upgraded centre will double its capacity, ramping up the production of sterile Queensland fruit flies from 20 to 40 million each week.

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This program disrupts fruit fly populations by preventing fertile offspring.

Fruit flies are notorious as horticultural pests, causing damage to crops, gardens, and trade access.

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