‘MT16004 – RD&E Program for control, eradication and preparedness of Vegetable Leafminer (2017-2020)’ 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.

Project partners include cesar, the University of Melbourne, Plant Health Australia, the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and AUSVEG.

Throughout the duration of the project, project partners 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; and
  • Develop a contingency plan and response plans in the event of a regional eradication.

The role of AUSVEG

AUSVEG will deliver an extension program that aims to improve awareness of Vegetable Leafminer, and educate growers about methods of control as developed throughout the project.

Project Information Flyer

Leafminer Awareness Flyer

Vegetable leafminer awareness video


The strategic levy investment project RD&E program for control, eradication and preparedness for Vegetable leafminer (MT16004) is a part of the Hort Innovation Vegetable and Nursery Funds. This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the vegetable and nursery research and development levies and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.