sustainability through science & innovation

resistance management in redlegged earth mite and chemical sensitivities of other grain pests

Project partners: CSIRO, the University of Melbourne, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Funding body: the Grains Research and Development Corporation

A major concern facing the Australian grains industry is the reliance on three registered chemical classes to control both of these insect pests – neonicotinoids as a seed dressing, and synthetic pyrethroids (SPs) and organophosphates (OPs) as foliar insecticides.

Through this project we are screening redlegged earth mite (RLEM) populations from all over Australia where control failures to neonicotinoid seed treatments are suspected; and populations from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania where control failures to SPs and/or OPs are suspected. For lucerne flea, we are screening populations from all over Australia where control failures to foliar insecticides or seed treatments are suspected.

For further information email Dr James Maino at jmaino@cesaraustralia.com