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Insecticide resistance in Green Peach Aphids: Red or Green? You’re asking the wrong question

22 Mar 2016 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Green peach aphid (GPA - Myzus persicae) is a widespread pest species attacking many broadacre and horticultural crops. Despite the name, GPA are not always green in colour, ranging from shades of light and dark green, yellow, pink, red and even black.

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An insecticide baseline study of Australian broadacre aphids

15 Mar 2016 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

An extensive study on the baseline toxicity of five aphid pests in broadacre agriculture to four major pesticides has been published in Crop & Pasture Science. This work was led by cesar scientists, Dr Paul Umina and Annabel Clouston, in conjunction with Owain Edwards at CSIRO, and was funded through GRDC.

PestFacts south-eastern hits the mark

09 Feb 2016 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

In December 2015, cesar conducted a survey for subscribers of PestFacts south-eastern newsletter. The aims of the survey were firstly to gauge how the service is perceived and utilised by subscribers, and secondly to garner ideas on how to improve the service to best meet subscriber needs.

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Popular canola seed treatments equal in efficacy against aphids

10 Dec 2015 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

A recent study conducted by cesar and Advanta Seeds has found three popular neonicotinoid insecticide-based canola seed treatments offer the same protection from green peach aphids (GPA), and that the coatings offer superior protection compared to no treatment.

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Collaborative program gives an early warning for native budworm in crops

29 Sep 2015 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Every spring, native budworm moths (Helicoverpa punctigera) arrive in pulse and canola crops within south-eastern Australia. These moths are thought to have migrated considerable distances, sometimes hundreds or thousands of kilometres and mostly from the north-west.