David Williams

About David Williams

Principal Research Scientist
Agriculture Victoria
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Killer wasps and better pheromones target codling moth

Changes to the types of pesticide available for use in fruit production, and the progress of research into biological control of major insect pests, are providing fruit growers with safer, more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly options to incorporate into their pest management systems. Mastrus ridens - a new biocontrol agent that targets codling moth has been introduced into [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Pests, diseases and weeds, PIPS|

Advances in codling moth control in orchards

By David Williams Parasitoid wasps, mass trapping of female codling moths and the use of mating disruption could, when combined, help control codling moth in apple and pear orchards, and reduce pesticide use.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OF--XpWNlg Plant & Food Research New Zealand have taken a timelapse video of parasitoid wasp Mastrus ridens seeking out hibernating codling moth caterpillars and laying eggs [...]

By |July 29th, 2016|Pests, diseases and weeds, PIPS|