About IPM Technologies

IPM Technologies Pty Ltd is an Australian company that was established in 1996 to help farmers get better value out of fewer insecticides and improve control of insect pests by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This remains the primary aim of the company.

We specialise in facilitating adoption of IPM using a participatory approach. We have developed and implemented practical IPM strategies to manage invertebrate pests in a wide range of both protected and outdoor crops including cut-flowers, berries, vegetables, tree and vine crops, nurseries, broad-acre crops and pastures.

Operating from our base to the north-east of Melbourne, we work on projects across Australia and overseas. We offer a range of services including training courses and workshops, crop monitoring, insect identification, IPM and entomology research and extension, bioassay work, and practical IPM advice and support for farmers and advisors.

  • IPM and entomology workshops

    We offer practical IPM workshops for farmers and advisors as well as interactive entomology workshops for landcare groups, gardeners or people who just want to know more about insects.

  • IPM advice and support

    We help growers and advisors implement IPM by offering an advice and support service that allows for unlimited access to phone and email contact with our team of IPM experts.

  • Pesticide testing

    We regularly test pesticide products for their effects on beneficial insects and mites, in order to assess their suitability for use within IPM programs.

  • Contract research and extension services

    We deliver IPM and entomology research and extension services for a diverse range of clients.

  • Crop monitoring and insect identification

    We offer a regular crop monitoring service for farms near our base in Victoria, and we can also assist with identification of insect samples sent to us.

What is IPM?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the successful integration of all available methods of controlling pests, rather than just relying on pesticides. An IPM strategy deals with all pests, harnessing biological and cultural controls as the first line of defence, and using compatible chemicals (those which are least disruptive to the key biocontrol agents) as a support tool only when necessary. 

Advantages of IPM

  • Reduced reliance on insecticides
  • Better pest control
  • Increased quality and yield
  • Ability to control insecticide resistant pests
  • Improved worker, consumer and environmental safety
  • Helps to delay development of insecticide resistance

Our team

Dr Paul Horne

Dr Paul Horne

Entomologist / Director

Paul has over 30 years experience working on research, development and implementation of IPM and he is recognised both in Australia and internationally as a leader in this field. He and Jessica Page are also recognised as experts in facilitating practice change from insecticide-based pest management to successful IPM. They have co-authored two books and many scientific papers on IPM and control pests in agriculture. Paul is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University, where he lectures in entomology and IPM, and where he and Jessica regularly supervise undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Jessica Page

Jessica Page

Entomologist / Assistant Director

Jessica has worked at IPM Technologies since the company was founded over 20 years ago. She has developed and implemented IPM in a wide range of crops and has conducted considerable research on how to use biological control agents, cultural methods and selective pesticides. She is an expert in demonstrating to farmers and others just how to make IPM work. Jessica manages our laboratory facility, insect cultures and bioassay work. She has extensive experience testing the effects of pesticides on beneficial insects and mites and has also specialised in native grassland entomology.

Angelica Cameron

Angelica Cameron

Entomologist / IPM Specialist

Angelica Cameron joined IPM Technologies in 2013 with qualifications in Agricultural Science and International Development. She has since become an IPM specialist with experience in a wide range of horticultural and broad-acre crops. She has run field demonstrations of IPM and delivers practical IPM training and support to farmers and agronomists across south-eastern Australia. She lectures in entomology and plant protection at The University of Melbourne and also delivers education programs for recreational gardeners and children about entomology, ‘good bugs’, and IPM.

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