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the persistence of resistance - why the pesticide treadmill may be picking up the pace

29 Mar 2019 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

It is well known that pesticide resistance is a global issue. But, do you know where Australia stands in comparison to other grain growing countries? A recently published scientific review led by cesar and The University of Melbourne investigates.

The Great Australian Platypus Search update: spring 2018 results

22 Mar 2019 | Filed under genetic insights

The Great Australian Platypus Search (GAPS), a collaboration between cesar, San Diego Zoo Global, and the University of Melbourne, is well under way with the first round of results just in.

A surveillance toolkit in development for detecting vegetable leafminer

18 Mar 2019 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

We are two years into a Hort Innovation funded research project to prepare Australia for effective management of the vegetable leafminer (VLM, Liriomyza sativae), and our work has begun to culminate in a ‘surveillance toolkit’ — user-friendly resources that will help Australia prepare for potential incursions.

GVBioBlitz2019

08 Mar 2019 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

New or exotic plant pests can have a devastating impact on rural communities. Production impacts, disruption of integrated pest management plans, out-of-spec harvests, loss of market access, and pest containment measures are possible consequences of an exotic pest establishing in a production region.

cesar’s Dr Jessica Lye receives prestigious CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Award

05 Mar 2019 | Filed under sustainable agriculture, company announcements

A big congratulations to Dr Jessica Lye, cesar’s extension and communications lead, who recently received a Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Jess took out the CSIRO Health and Biosecurity category for her quest to teach Melbourne gardeners how to look for invasive exotic pests and...