Professor Anthony Clarke
Science and Engineering Faculty
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
Fresh produce is essential for healthy communities, while horticulture is the fastest growing agricultural sector across the globe. Unfortunately, in nearly all parts of world, fleshy fruits and vegetables are subject to infestation by fruit flies. These insects lay their eggs into fruit, where the eggs hatch into maggots which feed in the fruit. If uncontrolled, fruit flies can destroy 20-100% of a crop. I am an acknowledged world leader in researching the biology and management of fruit flies, particularly those native to Asia, Australia and Pacific, which belong to the genera Bactrocera and Zeugodacus. My laboratory’s research is presented at https://research.qut.edu.au/fruitflyqut.more...