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Welcome to the TAAO!
Tephritid fruit flies are among the world’s most destructive horticultural pests, infesting a wide range of fruit and impacting on regional quarantine, trade, and food security. They are also an incredibly diverse group of insects and the subject of fundamental research into biodiversity, evolution, and general biology.
The Asian, Australian, and Oceanic region is a centre of tephritid diversity, particularly of genus Bactrocera which contains over 500 species; and regional horticulture is seriously affected by pests such as the Oriental Fruit Fly (B. dorsalis), the Melon Fly (B. cucurbitae), and the Guava Fruit Fly (B. correcta) to name just a few.
TheFir ‘Tephritid workers of Asia, Australia, and Oceania’ (TAAO) was established as an independent professional and scientific organization with the purpose of bringing together tephritid workers from across the region. The TAAO’s specifically aims to:

  1. Broaden interaction and collaboration among tephritid workers from the region
  2. Enhance capacity to develop and deploy effective diagnostic and management programmes
  3. Provide a centralised forum for researchers, agencies, and regulators to access and obtain specific information or to contact regional tephritid workers
  4. Foster collegiality among tephritid workers in the region
  5. Educate the wider community about the biological importance of tephritids and their impact on regional horticulture.

Regular conferences are planned, with the TAAO First Symposium (TAAO 2016) held on August 15-18, 2016, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Click here for more information on how to become a member!


Second TAAO 2024 meeting | Beijing | China


Photo gallery of 2nd TAAO 2024 meeting

Participants of the 2nd TAAO 2024 meeting on Tephritid Fruit Flies in Beijing, China, 06-10 May, 2024.



TAAO Steering Committee members (2016-2024)

Alvin Hee (Chair)
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tati Suryati Syamsudin
School of Life Sciences & Technology
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Jl.Ganesa No. 10 Bandung, Indonesia
Sujinda Thanaphum
Fruit Fly Molecular Genetic Laboratory
Department of Biotechnology
Faculty of Science
Mahidol University, Ratchathewe
Bangkok, Thailand
Sandeep Singh
Department of Fruit Science
Punjab Agricultural University
Ludhiana 141004
Sunyanee Srikachar
Plant Protection Research and Development Office
Department of Agriculture
Mark Schutze
(Immediate Past Chair of SC and EC)
School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
Nguyen Thi Thanh Hien
Entomology Division
Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI)
Duc Thang ward, Bac Tu Liem district
Ha Noi city
Annastasia Kawi
National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority
P O Box 817, Kokopo, East New Britain Province
Papua New Guinea
M. Hasanuzzaman
Institute of Food and Radiation Biology
Atomic Energy Research Establishment
Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission
GPO Box 3787
Dhaka 1000
Suk-Ling Wee
School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences
Faculty of Science & Technology
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Zhihong Li
College of Agronomy and Biotechnology
China Agricultural University
Beijing, China

First term TAAO SC members (2012-2016)
TAAO_SC members2_2016.jpg

Members of the TAAO SC. Top row L-R: Mark Schutze, TAAO ex-chair (Australia), Alvin Hee chair (Malaysia), Zhihong Li (China), Tati Suryati Syamsudin (Indonesia), Sujinda Thanaphum (Thailand), Suksom Chinvinijkul outgoing (Thailand). Bottom row L-R: Suk Ling Wee (Malaysia), Kenji Tsuruta outgoing (Japan), Bonifacio Cayabyab outgoing (Philippines), Sandeep Singh (India), Phil Taylor outgoing (Australia), Annastasia Priscilla Kawi (Papua New Guinea). 

TAAO Newsletter Editorial Board (2016-2024)

TAAO NL Editorial Committee-2016.JPG
1. Md Hasanuzzaman (Bangladesh Atomic Energy Agency, Bangladesh) (New Chief Editor)
2. Farzana Yesmin (Bangladesh Atomic Energy Agency, Bangladesh)
3. Hamish Patrick (Lincoln University, New Zealand)
4. Deane Woruba (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
5. Chandra Prabhakar (Bihar Agricultural University, India)
6. Yongcheng Dong (Huazhong Agricultural University, China) 

06 - 10 May 2024Beijing, China
Posted 12 July 2024
The 2nd TAAO Symposium 2024 Programme & Abstract Book
Photos of the meetings
Posted 29 February 2024
GOOD NEWS FOLKS! Early registration rates and abstract submission deadline extended till April 1st 2024! Read more
Posted 13 December 2023
We are very happy to announce that the registration and abstract submission for the 2nd TAAO Symposium to be held in Beijing, China will be opened from December 15, 2023 onwards!
Do check our symposium website by clicking on the link below:

Read more

With best wishes and regards,
Alvin Hee
TAAO SC Chair and Co-Chair, TAAO 2024
Zhihong Li
Chair, TAAO 2024
Latest update:2023-06-02
Please find the First Announcement of the 2nd Symposium of of Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia, and Oceania (TAAO) that will be held from May 6th-10th 2024 in Beijing, China. Venue and registration fees information are included. Read more

Meeting focal point: Prof Zhihong Li (
TAAO chair: Alvin Hee (

Posted 2023-03-21
Second TAAO Symposium in Beijing | China next May, 2024 is progressing well. Prof Zhihong Li is our organiser. Thanks Zhihong! Please come later for further information. The information will be distributed via Newsflash as well. Subscription @ TWD News!
Update from TAOO March2023
Alvin KW Hee | Universiti Putra Malaysia | UPM · Department of Biology

Previously, this meeting was rescheduled to the 1st Quarter 2021 but posponed.
See attached the emailed announcement from the TAAO Chair.
2nd Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia and Oceania (TAAO) meeting will be held in Beijing, China. August 18-21, 2020.
Meeting focal point: Prof Zhihong Li
You can also send your enquiry to TAAO chair, Alvin Hee
15–18 August 2016Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
First Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia, and Oceania (TAAO),
15–18 August 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
TAAO-2016 Official web site