National research centre at Murdoch July 11, 2016 Mediterranean fruit fly Murdoch University has been chosen as the location for a national research facility which will help Australia’s $9 billion horticulture industry. The $1.65 million MedFly Unit will protect crops from the Mediterranean fruit fly and will be funded by the Australian Government’s Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit program. Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) will contribute a further $3.4 million towards a five year investment of more than $5 million. Ben Morton is Liberal Federal Member for Tangney in Western Australia. He said: “The grant is an example of industry, government and academia working collaboratively, with federal funding matched by an industry contribution of more than $3.4 million. “The project will benefit producers and exporters of blueberries, apples, pears, avocados, strawberries, cherries, lychees, table grapes, citrus, capsicums and summer fruit.” HIA Chief Executive Officer John Lloyd said: “This grant is a win for the $9 billion Australian horticulture industry. “It will help open up access to trade partner countries that have stringent Medfly requirements.” Before accepting imports, countries such as Japan and China require evidence that postharvest treatments such as Cold Treatment – where flies expire after extended exposure to low temperatures – effectively control Medfly risk. A new state-of-the-art laboratory at Murdoch University will be equipped to work on quarantine and phytosanitary required treatment and postharvest disinfestation of horticultural products. The Murdoch MedFly Unit will help develop new technologies to treat produce prior to export, including the creation of small-scale, mobile equipment for growers to use cost effectively in packing sheds. It’s hoped the project will help identify treatments that can become standard protocols for use by fruit and vegetable exporters. David Morrison is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation at Murdoch. He said: “The MedFly Unit will develop new pest and quality management options that can help Australia gain international market access. “It will also maintain the Australian horticultural industry position as a leader in both domestic and international markets thanks to sound, cost-effective and safe treatment technology. “This is an excellent example of Murdoch University helping the Australian economy through translational research. “The new facility follows Murdoch’s core research focus on Food Security, helping us find solutions to global challenges. “We are looking forward to working with our research, government and industry partners to protect a critical part of the Australian economy.” The MedFly Unit is expected to be operational in September this year. Print This Post Media contact: Thomas Smith Tel: 08 9360 6742 | Mobile: 0431 165 231 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, agriculture Tags: Research, agriculture, food security, fruit flies, horticulture, medfly unit, wei xu, yonglin ren Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!