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First signs of low-level resistance evolving to Transform™ detected in isolated Western Australian green peach aphid populations

11 Jun 2019 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Evidence of green peach aphid (Myzus persicae, GPA) evolving resistance to sulfoxaflor (Transform™) has been confirmed for the first time in Australia, after a small number of aphid populations from Western Australia were shown to have reduced sensitivity to the insecticide.

chocoholic plant pest placed under the microscope

05 Jun 2019 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

cesar research scientist and team lead, Dr Olivia Reynolds, has been leading an intrepid new project investigating the biology of a priority pest in the cocoa production industry of Papua New Guinea. With two research field trips to affected cocoa production areas complete, the project has begun to yield some...

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.

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.