James De Voss’ paper has appeared as a “hot paper’ in the Journal of Chemical Communications. Disrupting sexual signalling in the Queensland fruit fly, the most destructive horticultural pest in Australia, could save farmers millions, local chemists say.  The Queensland fruit fly costs an estimated AUD$500 million (£200 million) each year in control programs and production losses. Similar pest species are kept in check by disrupting the pheromones the flies use to attract a mate. Now James De Voss and colleagues at the University of Queensland say they hope to use pheromones to control the local fruit fly. 

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