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Fruit Flies of Economic Importance Diagnostics Workshop  


Important Announcement!

*** Updated August 2nd, 08:50 Kuala Lumpur Time [12:50 UTC])***



As a run up to this workshop, successful participants have been notified via e-mail of their participation. We sincerely apologise if you have not been selected for this workshop. Places are extremely limited and we are thank you all for the interest shown in participating. 


Due to limited places available for this workshop and to accommodate for participants-sponsored by IAEA, application to participate in this event is now closed. The response to this workshop has been fantastic! As we have previously mentioned that participants will be considered on a "First Paid [symposium registration fees of US$250), First Served" basis, we shall be informing the successful participants for this workshop via email.


Date: 14th August 2016 (Sunday) 

Venue: Laboratory of Plant Protection, Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Number of participants: Limited to 30 ("First Paid [symposium registration fees], First Served" basis) 



The hosting of the inaugural symposium of the Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia and Oceania (TAAO) 2016 by Universiti Putra Malaysia in the Palm Garden Hotel from 15th- 18th August 2016 presents an invaluable opportunity for a tephritid fruit fly pest diagnostic workshop to be held at the same time. This is due to the fact that this region harbours a significantly high number of fruit flies of economic importance and that correct identification of those fly species is contingent on to the success of any implementation of fruit fly control from the border entry points to area-wide control programmes throughout the country. Thus, crucial in addressing the increasing threat of those highly damaging fruit pests is the training of relevant personnel from border controls to extension and research personnel. An even more effective strategy involves a common up-to-date knowledge of the application of diagnostics in the successful identification of those key pests by the relevant fruit fly workers especially those tasked with pre-entry quarantine controls throughout this economically important region.


 Key outcomes:

1. Application of up-to-date taxonomic knowledge in the diagnostics of key tephritid pests in this region.

2. Enhanced networking of fruit fly diagnostic workers and increased links with key organizations e.g. DAFF, Australia and various national plant protection agencies.



1. Dr. Mark Schutze (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

2. Ms. Jane Royer (Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia)

3. Dr. Ian Naumann (SPS Capacity Building, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia)

4. Prof Dr David Haymer (University of Hawaii, USA)

5. Dr. Keng-Hong Tan (Tan Hak Heng Co., Malaysia)

6. Dr. Suk-Ling Wee (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)

7. Dr. Alvin Hee (Universiti Putra Malaysia)


Workshop Programme:

09:00 – 09:30



09:30 – 09:45

Welcome attendees, acknowledge supporting agencies, outline of day’s activities- Alvin Hee



09:45 – 10:45

Regional context to fruit fly taxonomy- Keng-Hong Tan


10:15  - 10:45

Tephritid taxonomy- the fundamentals including general systematics of the family-Mark Schutze


10:45 - 11:00

Tea Break


11:00- 12:30

Focus on Bactrocera– the state of current taxonomy and major developments. Introduce integrative taxonomy (morphology, chemotaxonomy, behaviour, molecular genetics)- Mark Schutze, Suk-Ling Wee & David Haymer


12:30– 13:30

Key Bactrocera pests – diagnostic features and available resources. This will include available keys, with an honest description of strengths and weaknesses. Also reiterate available expertise in the region to grow networks of experts- Jane Royer & Ian Naumann


13:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 14:15

Welcome back from lunch- Alvin Hee


14:15 – 15:00

Continue demonstration of key character states under microscope with projected screen- Suk Ling Wee & Jane Royer


15:00– 18:15

Hands-on identification of specimens. Free-flowing session, with coffee/tea breaks taken ad hoc (All participants)



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