Pests and diseases

Qfly egg laying in chilli

New in-field treatment solutions to control fruit fly

Fruit flies are considered the world’s most serious group of horticultural pests. The withdrawal of insecticides dimethoate and fenthion has made it increasingly challenging for growers to prevent infestation of fruiting vegetable crops and meet stringent market access requirements.

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7.3 rutherglen bug on salad

Controlling insect contaminants in processed leafy vegetables

Insect contamination in fresh and processed produce is a significant recurring problem for leafy vegetable growers and processors—with rejections leading to lost sales for growers, cost for processors and bad publicity for retailers.
This project looks at better ways of reducing insect contamination in the field and in the factory …

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fruit fly on citrus

Fruit fly research — Gap analysis

Fruit flies are one of Australia’s worst horticultural pests. Most research has focussed on management of these pests in orchard crops, with much less information on vegetables. This project has reviewed information on fruit flies and identified strategies that could …

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Mildew on cucurbits

Managing powdery mildew in cucurbits to prevent crop losses

Using integrated pest management and safe chemicals that boost the plant’s natural defence systems (rather than problematic synthetic fungicides) this study aimed to find new ways to control powdery mildew in cucumber and zucchini crops to prevent crop and income losses while minimising the number of chemical applications.

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Pest and disease identifier App Now Available! Veg Pest ID

Veg Pest ID helps farmers and agricultural professionals identify pests on Australian vegetable crops. Even tricky insects, diseases and disorders can be found with a few taps or keyword search. Identify Pests Quickly:  Identify thousands of different pests on your …

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