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.

For further information email Dr Elia Pirtle at