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Could native plant species improve your orchard?

Pest and Disease Management


Have you considered the benefits of having more native plant species in and around your orchard, but just don’t know where to start?

You might be surprised to learn that you may not be starting from scratch: There are native species already in many orchards that you may not have noticed!

In this video, AgVic Senior Research Scientist – Invertebrate & Weed Sciences, Dr Raelene Kwong, chats with local native species revegetation specialist, Kate Hill, on how growers can find assistance and considerations in selecting the right species to not only attract native predators, but to provide valuable structural, chemical and biological soil health benefits, all in the operating environment of the orchard.

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The PIPS3 Program project, Strengthening cultural and biological management of pests and diseases in apple and pear orchards (AP19002), has established conservation biocontrol plots in inter-rows of the Experimental Pear Orchard of Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura Smartfarm to monitor and assess the influence of four replicated treatments, comprised of different mixes of native and non-native species, upon increasing native predator populations, improving tree and soil health, and optimising fruit yield and quality.

The project aims to apply the principles of Conservation Biological Control to achieve greater pest suppression and seek to provide growers with practical information on what species may work best for their scenario.

Learn more about the PIPS program here, and hear Greg Lafoe present on these exciting findings on Day 2 of APAL Forum 2021 – Grow Beyond.

For more information on this project, contact Marguerite White, PIPS3 Program Coordinator, at

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