Pests, diseases and weeds

Recent detections of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

United States Department of Agriculture photo by Stephen Ausmus. Australia is facing an increasing threat from one of the world’s most invasive pests. Six post-border detections have occurred in the current BMSB season (September to April) across Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia on a variety of imported cargo, from terracotta pots to tractors [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

East-West Collaboration Tackles Costly Pest

Fruit flies cost Western Australia’s horticulture industry $10.2 million per annum in lost production and control measures so it’s little wonder scientists, growers and government are investing heavily to tackle the pest once and for all. Recently invited to view WA’s Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facilities in Perth and Carnarvon, Victorian Goulburn Murray Valley Regional [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

New fruit fly handbook and website

Get familiar with the diversity of fruit flies worldwide with a new handbook and website that makes identification easier – hopefully aiding in the early detection of exotic pest incursions. Photo: Nick Woods, Plant Health Australia The business of sorting and identifying the thousands of tephritid ‘true’ fruit flies affecting a wide variety [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Systems-based approach gives good Qfly control

Dan Papacek, Bugs for Bugs, told FGV Conference attendees Central Burnett, QLD, growers have achieved good control of Qfly using Area Wide Management techniques. It is possible to get first-class management of Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) in areas where the pest is endemic, with a low-cost systems-based approach, according to Queensland entomologist Dan [...]

By |August 22nd, 2018|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Speed updating gives growers a fast serve of current R&D

In June, as part of Hort Connections 2018, APAL ran its annual Speed Updating event where industry researchers shared key information for growers about their findings. Funded by Hort Innovation as part of the Australian Apple and Pear Innovation and Adoption Program, this year’s Speed Updating was attended by more than 130 people. PIPS The [...]

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|

New website for Qfly management

Whether you know a little or a lot about Queensland Fruit Fly,  a new website launched by the SITplus consortium is the essential place to get started on managing horticulture's most economically damaging pest. Release of sterile Queensland Fruit Flies (Qfly) will commence later this year under the SITplus release program to combat recent outbreaks [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Grant offers hope to register product for Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria. The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian Government’s AgVet Chemical Grants Program to improve farmers’ access to agvet [...]

Funding to boost WA apples exports

Orchards in Manjimup and Pemberton are part of a new four-year research project aiming to boost exports of Western Australian apples to valuable northern Asian markets by establishing pest management credentials. Dr Rieks Van Klinken, CSIRO, with Pomewest Chair and Manjimup grower Harvey Giblett and Kim James, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional [...]

By |April 25th, 2018|Exporting, Pests, diseases and weeds|

New IPM Manual on its way

A new integrated pest, diseases and weed management project for the pome fruit industry has kicked off, with Principal Research Scientist David Williams from the Victorian Government heading the work. An updated IPM Manual is in production to help identify and share best IPM practices to help growers to manage pests, diseases and weeds [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Pests, diseases and weeds|