Fruit fly detections in Auckland – Science Media Centre provides expert Q&A

The Science Media Centre has released a press statement dealing with the two different species of exotic fruit flies found in Auckland in the past week.  Both pose a risk to New Zealand’s horticulture industry and the threat is unlikely to disappear.

News of the second discovery, a species native to Tonga that was found in Ōtara, broke yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile, biosecurity restrictions remain in place in Devonport after a Queensland fruit fly was discovered last week.

RNZ reported that the Ministry for Primary Industries has ordered an independent review of its biosecurity systems.

The Science Media Centre prepared an item of questions and answers with biosecurity experts: Continue reading