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Initiative 56

Using fungus to reduce fly numbers at cattle feedlots

Feedlots are home to not only cattle but also the pesky fly. The house fly is a pest of agricultural and public health importance that causes irritation, spoils food and spreads disease.The fly is able to breed and develop in many substances, including manure in cattle feedlots. To date the most prevalent fly control strategy pursued in feedlots has involved chemical control, however flies have developed resistance to many of the available insecticides.

Research undertaken by The University of Queensland

What are we doing?

Previous research into fly control included using a fungus that attaches itself to flies and then kills them.

It is hoped that through further research into the formulation of the fungal spores and application strategies, there is potential for the development of a commercially viable environmentally–friendly insecticide for use in cattle feedlots and possibly other intensive livestock. 

Laboratory research will focus on improving and testing both the bait and spray formulations through optimising the spore viability and attractiveness of the formulations to flies.

Timing:

November 2015

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