22 Feb 2019

Fruitfly fight on three fronts

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 22 February 2019
A fruit fly trap in Ōtara.

A fruit fly trap in Ōtara. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

With the discovery of three fruit flies in the Auckland area  in just one week what's the current threat to our $5.5 billion horticulture industry?

A single male fly was found in a trap in Northcote yesterday and is the second Queensland fruit fly to be found in the past week. That's in addition to the discovery of a different type of fruit fly, native to Tonga found in Ōtara earlier this week.

Lynn Freeman talks to MPI's Biosecurity spokesperson Dr Cath Duthie and Professor Jacqueline Beggs from the University of Auckland's School of Biological Sciences.