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Reducing aphid and virus risk in 2015

10 Feb 2015 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Early management decisions are key to reducing aphid and beet western yellows virus (BWYV) risk in 2015. Significant rainfall over much of the southern cropping zone in January 2015 has created a green bridge, which can host large populations of insects as well as viruses between growing seasons.

Insecticide resistance in GPA across southern Australia

07 Oct 2014 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Widespread infestations of green peach aphids (GPA) (Myzus persicae) during autumn and winter have contributed to an outbreak of beet western yellow virus (BWYV) in southern Australia. Canola crops across the lower and mid north regions of South Australia, western Victoria and some parts of NSW have been severely affected...

MacKenzie River platypuses survive Grampians fire

01 Aug 2014 | Filed under wildlife ecology

The MacKenzie River, originating in the Grampians and flowing west towards Horsham, supports the last known platypus population in the Wimmera Catchment (although occasional sightings have been reported elsewhere; platypusspot.org/latest-comments/id/197). Platypuses have significantly declined throughout the catchment due to a combination of severe drought and human impacts (e.g.

Survey on green peach aphid resistance

02 Jun 2014 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

cesar is conducting a short survey of horticultural growers and consultants throughout Australia to better understand the issues surrounding green peach aphid (GPA) resistance. GPA is a widespread pest, attacking a broad range of crops. This species has a tendency to develop insecticide resistance, and this is becoming commonplace across...

Register now for upcoming workshops on sustainable pest management in grain crops

06 Mar 2014 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Sustainable management strategies targeting grain based pests aim to reduce risks of crop loss from pests while also reducing our reliance on insecticides. cesar is teaming up with interstate entomologists and ICAN to provide three workshops on sustainable pest management.