Ovine Observer

We want your flies!

Researchers from the University of Melbourne are seeking assistance from producers across the country to collect blowfly samples on their property for genetic analysis. This AWI funded project is to identify genetic differences in blowfly populations across Australia. Delivered in collaboration with the flystrike vaccine project, the findings from this work will provide critical information for the future implementation of effective blowfly management control strategies, including containment of blowfly insecticide resistance outbreaks.

The University of Melbourne will supply selected growers with fly traps and all you will need to do is collect the trapped blowflies in the provided collection tubes at three different times during the upcoming 2019/2020 season (start, middle and end of fly season). It will take around 20 minutes to set up the trap which can remain out all season and less than 30 minutes to collect the flies each time (<2 hours total), then simply post the samples to University of Melbourne in the reply-paid envelope provided.
A fly trap, collection tubes and post bags for the three samples will be provided. 
For further details or to sign up to assist with this study please contact Trent Perry, Clare Anstead or Vern Bowles at University of Melbourne via email at or on (03) 8344 2362.