Pests, diseases and weeds

Transform™ use extended for control of San José scale       

Transform™ Insecticide, a DOW AgroSciences product, has now been approved for control of San José scale for pomefruit including apples, pears and nashi.  The product is registered in pomefruit for the control of woolly aphid, apple dimpling bug, longtailed mealybug and tuber mealybug. The change also extends use to avocados, macadamia and strawberry.  Citrus has [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Qfly over winter – management in temperate zones

Now that Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) is established in regions that were previously thought too cold for the insect, asking questions about winter survival mechanisms seems reasonable. To effectively answer these questions there is a need to revisit the biology of the fly to get to the bottom of it all and to understand if [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Hort Innovation, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Smarter control of orchard pests with IPM

With a reduced reliance on pesticides, taking an integrated pest management approach – combining biological, cultural and, as a last result, chemical control – might seem a little daunting at first. But with pesticide resistance a concern into the future, Dr Paul Horne of IPM Technologies is encouraging more growers to give it a go. [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Pests, diseases and weeds, Profile|

2017 Pear Masterclass – notes and presentations

At the 2017 Pear Masterclass held on 6 June at Merrigum, Victoria, pear growers and advisors were given some insights into Integrated Pest Management and pear russeting. Special guests Marcel Veens, Horticultural Advisor and Dr Paul Horne, IPM Technologies, gave presentations, followed by a pear pruning demonstration at Jeftomsons’s Merrigum Orchard, Victoria. Dr Paul Horne, IPM Technologies Integrated Pest [...]

Pest Alert: Dothiorella sarmentorum

This image was taken from the neglected organic orchard where dieback was detected. APAL is calling on growers to be vigilant in checking crops for dieback, caused by pest threat Dothiorella sarmentorum, and recently detected in Victoria.  Victorian State Biosecurity officers have detected a fungal pathogen Dothiorella sarmentorum which has been reported as [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

SITplus update – finding solutions to fruit fly

In the latest update from the SITplus initiative, Dr Penny Measham introduces a new project to better understand Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) behaviour and outlines work to identify the most cost effective method to deploy sterile fruit flies. SITplus is a five-year $45 million R&D partnership that aims to deliver an integrated pest management solution to the [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|Pests, diseases and weeds|

Protecting NSW orchards

NSW apple and pear growers can view state specific, up-to-date technical information on all aspects of crop protection, including known pests and suggested monitoring times, with the newest edition of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Orchard plant protection guide for deciduous fruits in NSW. The guide provides NSW apple, pear, cherry and stonefruit growers with a [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|News, NSW-ACT, Pests, diseases and weeds|

What’s stopping Area Wide Management and SIT adoption?

Interview results have identified the key barriers to the adoption of Area Wide Management and Sterile Insect Technology to manage Queensland fruit fly in horticultural crops. To assist with the long term control and eradication of the horticultural pest Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) we aimed to identify the barriers and facilitators to Area Wide Management and Sterile [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|Pests, diseases and weeds|

IPM uptake in the apple and pear industry

RM Consulting Group and IPM Technologies have joined forces to conduct a review and to report on the current use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) within the apple and pear industry and the efficacy of the current IPM Manual in guiding practice. Needs analysis for IPM Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can mean different things to [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|Pests, diseases and weeds|

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|