CROPPING

French flies to tackle snails in WA

WA-based researchers are targeting conical snail pests with a parasitic fly.

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Kate Muirhead, SARDI (left), Dr Kym Perry, SARDI, Lizzie von Perger, Stirlings to Coast Farmers, and Svetlana Micic, DPIRD place snails with parasitic flies into release buckets as part of a biocontrol trial at Wellstead in WA. Picture courtesy DPIRD.

Kate Muirhead, SARDI (left), Dr Kym Perry, SARDI, Lizzie von Perger, Stirlings to Coast Farmers, and Svetlana Micic, DPIRD place snails with parasitic flies into release buckets as part of a biocontrol trial at Wellstead in WA. Picture courtesy DPIRD.

A biocontrol program has started in Western Australia, where Australian-bred parasitoid flies with a French heritage have been released to help control snail pests and protect crop yields. The program,...

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