The project

‘MT16004 – RD&E Program for control, eradication and preparedness for 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 are:

  • Investigating biological and chemical control options;
  • Identifying spread pathways into Australia;
  • Developing management guidelines and trapping methods;
  • Modelling the spread of the pest from Cape York Peninsula; and
  • Developing a contingency plan and response plans in the event of a regional eradication.


AUSVEG is delivering the extension component of the program, which 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
Enhancing Future Preparedness For VLM Serpentine Leafminer Vegetable Leafminer Surveillance


Vegetable leafminer survey guide – draft

The MT16004 Project Team is seeking feedback on the Draft VLM Surveillance Guide. Click here to view the guide, and email your feedback to


Management of the vegetable leafminer in vegetable and nursery crops in Australia

The MT16004 Project Team has developed a vegetable leafminer management plan and is seeking your feedback. Click here to view the plan, and email your feedback to


Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area resources

VLM Grower Survey Guide NPA VLM Biocontrol Package TSI NPA Grower Survey Guide TSI

Interactive tool to map key areas most at risk of VLM

cesar has created an interactive tool to map key areas of Australia most at risk of VLM. Click on the image below to access the tool.

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.