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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.

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The composition of the TAAO Steering Committee (as of August 2016):

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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). 

Newly electedSunyanee Srikachar (Department of Agricultural Extension, Thailand), Md Hasanuzzaman (Bangladesh  Atomic Energy Agency, Bangladesh), Nguyen Thi Thanh Hien (Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam).

TAAO Newsletter Editorial (2016-2019)
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)*
* newly elected

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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