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Far North Queensland wasp collections have exciting implications for management of the new vegetable leafminer pest in Australia

30 Jun 2018 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

A new and significant agricultural threat, vegetable leafminer (VLM, Liriomyza sativae), reached the Australian mainland in 2015 and has established in Seisia (one of the northernmost communities of the Cape York Peninsula).

Victoria bans enclosed yabby nets to protect our iconic platypus

14 May 2018 | Filed under genetic insights

The thought of any animal trapped underwater, slowly drowning while it frantically searches for an escape is horrific. And yet this is what was happening every year in Victoria and other states with people using enclosed yabby traps (i.e. opera house nets, drum nets etc.).

The critically endangered mountain pygmy possum set to find love

07 May 2018 | Filed under genetic insights

A new ‘tunnel of love’ has been built at Mt Little Higginbotham to reconnect populations of the critically endangered mountain pygmy possum, Burramys parvus.

Resistance management field trials underway for RLEM

31 Mar 2018 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

With resistance issues on the rise in the redlegged earth mite (RLEM), cesar is collaborating with the University of Melbourne, CSIRO and WA DPIRD to find better management options for controlling populations that have acquired resistance to conventional chemistries in Australia.

Resistance-breaking currant-lettuce aphid biotype discovered in Australia

15 Feb 2018 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

A new biotype of the currant-lettuce aphid (Nasonovia ribisnigri), capable of colonising Nr:0-resistant lettuce varieties, has been discovered in Victoria.