Redlegged earth mite management survey

We want to hear from you!

The redlegged earth mite is one of the most destructive pests in broadacre crops and pastures in southern Australia. We’re calling on growers and advisors to share their experience dealing with the redlegged earth mite to guide future management of this pest.

We’re asking growers and advisors to complete a short redlegged earth mite management survey.

The information gathered from this survey will help to update management recommendations, improving the best management practice advice and resistance management strategies for redlegged earth mite.

Redlegged earth mite. Photo by Andrew Weeks, Cesar Australia

Participation in this survey is voluntary and should take less than 10 minutes. Participants also receive early access to Cesar Australia’s RLEM online training modules.

The initial training module covers:

  • Redlegged earth mite and other pest mite Identification
  • Redlegged earth mite distribution and reporting
  • Host preferences and damage characteristics.

The survey is being led by Cesar Australia as part of the GRDC project “Future control options of RLEM in Australian grain crops”. This project has been extended to red meat producers through co-investment from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and to pasture seed producers through co-investment from AgriFutures Pasture Seeds Program (PRJ-013101). The wider project involves contributions from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), the University of Melbourne, and CSIRO.

You can read more about the wider redlegged earth mite project here.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Lizzy Lowe: 0413 871 179,

Leo McGrane: 0475 909 234,

Cover image: Photo by Andrew Weeks, Cesar Australia

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