The Fruit Fly Body of Knowledge is the single largest collection of published and unpublished technical and surveillance records on fruit flies in Australia.
Fruit flies can have a major impact on Australia's capacity to trade in domestic and international horticultural markets. They are highly mobile, capable of flying long distances, and have the potential to infect a wide range of crops.
Managing the of biosecurity threats presented by fruit flies requires integrated access to diverse information sources.
The information contained in the collection supports the implementation of the National Fruit Fly Strategy by supporting decision-making, risk assessment and fruit fly management through access to its records.
In 2009, the Office of the Chief Plant Protection Officer funded the Fruit Fly Body of Knowledge Project (BoK) to collect all data relating to fruit flies in Australia.
There was a critical need for the biosecurity sector to access information that was known to exist but difficult to find. In some cases valuable information was lost as researches retired and government agencies changed focus. Relevant information was housed in a number of locations and unable to be accessed outside the institution or jurisdiction.
A 'Desk audit of the Fruit Fly Body of Knowledge' commenced in early 2014, led by
Bernie Dominiak (NSW Department of Primary Industries) in conjunction with Plant Health Australia.
The peer reviewed published reports in the collection (about 400 papers) will be reviewed and categorised into subject matter (eg ecology, fruit fly distribution, sterile insect technique, surveillance, disinfestation).
Unpublished documents will also be categorised (about 2200 items). Any reports that may be useful for trade negotiations will be prioritised for publishing in refereed journals in consultation with the original authors.
Recommendations will be developed for the future of the collection as a national resource, with any knowledge gaps identified.