Innovative technologies often show great promise but require funding for their development and implementation. Professor Donald Shepard’s research is focusing on benefit-cost analyses of an innovative approach to controlling one of South Australia’s major biosecurity risks, the Queensland fruit fly. South Australia and Tasmania are Australia’s only states free of this agricultural pest. This allows export of fresh fruit from its Pest Free Area (PFA) without the expense and possible quality loss from treatment. However, this pest freedom is under constant threat from insects and fruit in border states. One promising approach is the prophylactic use of the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), whereby irradiated male flies are released from a specially adapted airplane. This approach ensures that any female fly that strays into the PFA does not lead to an outbreak. With support and guidance from Will Zacharin, Executive Director of Biosecurity for PIRSA, this study is examining the costs and benefits of this proposed approach. It also provides a framework applicable to other innovative technologies in agriculture and health.
When: Thursday 16 May 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
Where: Flinders University City Campus, Level 1, 182 Victoria Square
Register by 10 May 2019:
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