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Pretty fly for a suzukii – or not…

19 Oct 2018 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), a native to Eastern Asia, is rapidly becoming a global concern, having recently spread to North America, South America and Europe. With a short generation time, the ability to reproduce on a wide variety of soft-skinned fruits, and cryptic appearance, this fly is of high...

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).

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.  

Preparing for the vegetable leafminer, an emerging biosecurity threat to Australian agriculture

04 Jul 2017 | Filed under sustainable agriculture

cesar is at the forefront of a project addressing a new and significant biosecurity threat to Australia’s vegetable, nursery and melon industries: the vegetable leafminer (VLM, Liriomyza sativae).