sustainability through science & innovation

rd&e program for control, eradication and preparedness for vegetable leafminer

Project partners: Plant Health Australia, AUSVEG, Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (with input from Biosecurity QLD and Nursery & Garden Industry Australia)

Funding body: Hort Innovation

This project was developed in recognition of the extensive impact that vegetable leafminer (Liriomyza sativae) could have on the vegetable and nursery industries were it to move into production areas with no management plan in place.

Throughout the duration of the project, we will:

  • Investigate biological and chemical control options
  • Identify spread pathways into Australia
  • Develop management guidelines and trapping methods
  • Model the spread of the pest from Cape York Peninsula
  • Develop a contingency plan that will guide authorities in the event of a regional eradication.

Project updates

A new interactive tool has been developed that maps key areas of Australia most at risk from VLM. You can explore expected population growth at any time of the year and compare it to regional production of at-risk-crops. Click the image below to access the tool. 

For further information email Dr Elia Pirtle at