Research & Development

Fruit Fly Africa has a continual quest to improve rearing efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To this end some staff have travelled under IAEA funding to other SIT programmes to learn from their experiences. Various improvements in the rearing procedure have been investigated, and those that are appropriate to the South African situation have been implemented. Some of the more recent changes include:

  • Investigation into alternative larval diets
  • Improvements in the efficiency of egg collection
  • Reduced egg seeding of larval rearing medium
  • ‘Starter packs’ for larval rearing
  • More effective radiation doses