AUSTRALIA: Flies imported to counter fruit pest outbreaks
Sterile male fruit fly pupae are being stockpiled in South Australia (SA) in anticipation of damaging outbreaks of the fruit pest this summer. Last summer, SA spent more than A$1m (US$500,000) on chemical sprays to control the pest (known as the medfly), but now authorities are paying the Agriculture Department A$2000 per million flies and aiming to buy five million every week.
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