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Boost for Fruit Fly Sterilisation

funding.jpgThe Port Augusta-based fruit fly sterilisation facility has received a boost with the installation of an additional X-ray irradiator at the site.

The State Government has provided half a million dollars to boost sterilisation technology in an effort to strengthen defences against fruit fly.

Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan says the Port Augusta facility has played a critical role in the fight against fruit fly in South Australia.

The SIT facility at Port Augusta can produce 50 million sterile Queensland fruit flies each week at full operation.

The facility is supported by SITPlus, a national $45 million research and development partnership.