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  • GRDC praises move to import fall armyworm virus
    Pests, 13 Jan 2021
    GRDC praises move to import fall armyworm virus

    Allowing the importation of a biological control will form as part of research into fall armyworm control options.

  • New tool guides Russian wheat aphid management
    Pests, 16 Dec 2020
    New tool guides Russian wheat aphid management

    A new predictive tool for Russian wheat aphid (RWA) management aims to help Australian growers avoid yield losses and unnecessary expenditure on control costs. The tiny exotic pest has expanded its range across the country since it was detected in Tarlee, South Australia in 2016. RWA has been detected in five states in four years, including SA, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia.

  • Growers urged to bait before planting as mouse numbers rise
    Pests, 13 Dec 2020
    Growers urged to bait before planting as mouse numbers rise

    Food resources left in paddocks post-harvest could sustain mouse breeding and lead to higher numbers through into crop planting.

  • Early research to guide insecticide use for fall armyworm
    Pests, 04 Dec 2020
    Early research to guide insecticide use for fall armyworm

    Fall armyworm currently shows no evidence of resistance to important insecticides.

  • Minimise mouse risk by reducing food source load this harvest
    Pests, 27 Nov 2020
    Minimise mouse risk by reducing food source load this harvest

    Getting as much grain stored as possible will help reduce potential mouse populations and baiting activities prior to sowing in 2021.

  • Resource consolidates Fall armyworm information
    Pests, 11 Nov 2020
    Resource consolidates Fall armyworm information

    Compiling information from international knowledge and expertise, the Fall armyworm Continuity Plan has been developed for the Australian grains industry.

  • Mindset shift makes ‘radical’ possible
    Pests, 03 Nov 2020
    Mindset shift makes ‘radical’ possible

    A profound mindset change and appreciation for the role of beneficial insects in an integrated pest management plan has led Western Districts grower Lachlan McDougall to reduce his reliance on pesticides.

  • Grass fungus a potential ally against pests
    Pests, 01 Nov 2020
    Grass fungus a potential ally against pests

    The potential of endophytic fungi to enhance invertebrate pest tolerance in wheat is being adapted from a successful effort in pasture grasses. The biochemicals produced by strains of the fungus are effective against a number of wheat pests and have been shown to have low animal toxicity.

  • Chance finding points to new biocontrol for snails
    Pests, 31 Oct 2020
    Chance finding points to new biocontrol for snails

    Keen powers of observation and ecological understanding of University of Melbourne researchers have led to the discovery of a novel biocontrol of pest slugs and snails. Naturally occurring ciliate protozoa that prey upon slugs and snails could be enlisted to control the pests.

  • Protectant option in synthetic amorphous silica
    Pests, 30 Oct 2020
    Protectant option in synthetic amorphous silica

    Synthetic amorphous silica is being developed for commercial use as a low-toxicity grain protectant. It has potential for application along the grain value chain from on-farm grain storage to bulk storage, handling and food processing facilities.

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