We are partnering with Government and Industry to begin a new national fruit fly survelliance project. Grids of RapidAIM’s GenII Smart Traps will be installed at five national locations in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. Hundreds of traps will be installed nation wide and monitored for the fruit growing season of 2018-19.
The RapidAIM team will work closely with fruit growers, horticulture service providers and State Governments to install grids in orchards and residential areas across each region.
This project is being delivered by Hort Innovation, with support from the Australian Government's investment in improving biosecurity surveillance and analysis through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
Field trial | Feb-Apr 2017
Shepparton Field Trial
In April 2017 we completed our first semi-commercial field trial
comprising a grid of 80 traps across the Shepparton district. The field trial
was done in collaboration with fifteen prominent growers and key
agronomic stakeholders who now have the RapidAIM test-app with live
updates of fruit fly activity and are empowered with data-on- demand to
inform pest management.
The community provided great feedback around the usability and
functionality of the RapidAIM monitoring system. We believe this is the
best way to create a product and service for customers that truly fulfills
their needs and adds value to the industry.
Thank you Shepparton – we are looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Nancy pitching at the Toowoomba 400M AgTech
Investment Forum, may 2017
the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna
Sensor test | May 2017
World’s top fruit fly pests on our sensor
In May 2017 Nancy and Laura traveled to Vienna to conduct some
preliminary research on the world’s top fruit fly pests. We were fortunate
to be invited to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Pest
Control Laboratory where Mediterranean fruit fly is reared on a mass scale
for the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) program. We were able to run
Mediterranean fruit fly, Oriental fruit fly and several South American
species over our sensor.
(Click here to read more about the fascinating work done at IAEA.)
There are many complex courtship, territorial, feeding and grooming
behaviours that exist within various fruit fly families. These behaviours are
best observed in a natural habitat, but some can also be observed in
captivity. By working closely with organisms of interest, we are adding to
our knowledge of these key pests and moving towards the further
development of innovative sensor technology.
Science Protecting Plant Health 2017
In this plenary address, Dr Schellhorn uses examples from the literature, and a case study of QLD fruit fly, and silverleaf whitefly to examine the tools, technologies and transdisciplinary science to meet the challenges and achieve a successful AWM program of a pest incursion.