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Handbook for the Identification of Fruit Flies

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This completely revised version of The Australian Handbook for the Identification of Fruit Flies was compiled by diagnosticians for diagnosticians using some of the latest research outcomes and resources available.

The accurate identification of fruit flies is a key component of Australia’s biosecurity system that underpins the domestic movement of fruit and vegetables, maintains international market access for Australian producers and protects Australia’s borders from exotic pest incursions.


The handbook is a compilation of diagnostic information for 65 fruit fly species, most of which are exotic to Australia, including the non-tephritid fruit infesting Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing Drosophila). It is intended to facilitate rapid diagnosis of fruit fly species and be a comprehensive guide for Australian diagnosticians and field officers involved in maintaining, supporting and enhancing Australia’s biosecurity system.

The handbook draws together hundreds of new high definition fruit fly images as well as new molecular diagnostic tools generated from this research.


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Author(s): Plant Health Australia, Queensland University of Technology, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, Purdue University, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria

Published: 1 July, 2018

Date added: 28 January, 2024