Surveillance and management of Mediterranean fruit fly in Australia


Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is a serious pest in Western Australia and threatens fruit and vegetable industries in eastern Australia.
Mediterranean fruit fly is not present in New South Wales and is considered an exotic pest.

Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) is a very destructive fruit pest that can infest over 260 species of plant. Infested fruit is unmarketable. In infested areas, continuous management is costly but necessary for growers to retain market access.

Medfly is highly invasive and has successfully spread and established in many parts of the world. Management and surveillance of Medfly in Australia is necessary to detect, track and reduce the impact of Medfly for fruit and vegetable industries.

Topics include:

  • Mediterranean fruit fly in Australia
  • Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine areas
  • Surveillance
  • Management options
  • Plant Diseases Act subordinate legislation
  • Reporting


Primefact 1430 First Edition

Published: Jan 2016