Entries by Jessica Page

Impact of pesticides on beneficial arthropods of importance in Australian vegetable production

Client: Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited Project delivery period: 2017-2020 This project will provide farmers and advisors in the Australian vegetable industry with information about the effects of pesticides on beneficial species of insects and mites. This information is essential for making accurate decisions about the use of pesticides in vegetables grown using Integrated Pest Management […]

BASF pesticide trial

Client: BASF Australia Project delivery period: 2016-2017 This is a confidential project testing two pesticide compounds for BASF against three of the key beneficial species in two types of vegetable crops.

Spring swarms of hoverflies

Many people are aware that some pest insects can occur in huge numbers when the weather or other environmental factors are favourable. The same is also true for beneficial insects. This spring there are enormous numbers of hoverflies (also called syrphids) that can be seen swarming around flowering plants. Hoverflies look like little bees but […]

Developing control strategies for strawberry little leaf disease

Client: Victorian Strawberry Industry Certification Authority Project delivery period: 2016-2017 Strawberry runner growers in Victoria are having a problem with a disease called strawberry little leaf.  We are assisting the strawberry runner growers association to look at control of possible insect vectors of this disease.

Brassica blind plants

Client: A Tasmanian propagation nursery Project delivery period: 2016-2017 Seedling nurseries provide vegetable growers with plants in seedling trays that are planted out into the field.  Some brassicas, and cauliflowers in particular, can have a small proportion of “blind” plants that do not form a head.  We are assisting a Tasmanian nursery to identify whether insects […]

Developing IPM for shallots in East Java

Client: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Project delivery period: 2015-2016 In this project Paul Horne and Jessica Page worked with Indonesian shallot farmers to demonstrate how an IPM approach can give better control of the key pest Spodoptera exigua (beet armyworm) than the current control measures based on insecticides. An extremely high number of […]

The effects of different species of true bugs on strawberries

Client: Horticulture Australia Limited Project code: BS13001 Project completed: 2014 In this one-year research project we assessed whether or not different species of true bugs (Hemiptera) cause fruit distortion in strawberries. The impact of different species of true bugs on strawberry formation was assessed by caging flowers with known numbers and species of true bugs. Assessments of distortion […]

Thresholds for Plague Thrips in the Victorian strawberry industry

Client: Horticulture Australia Limited Project code: BS12003 Project completed: 2014 The aim of this two-year research project was to determine whether or not large numbers of plague thrips (Thrips imaginis) cause damage to strawberry flowers and berries. Trials were conducted over two consecutive growing seasons and the conclusion from the first season was that up to […]

Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus pesticide reformulation

Client: Horticulture Australia Limited Project partner: Eureka Agrisearch! Project delivery period: 2011-2014 This project was led by Eureka Agrisearch! and the aim was to improve the efficacy of several biological-based pesticides and baits. IPM Technologies was involved in the testing of new formulations of a highly selective biological pesticide that targets caterpillar pests in the genus Helicoverpa […]

Demonstration of a simple IPM strategy in brassica crops

Funded by: Bayer CropScience and Sumitomo Chemical Project partner: Biological Services Project completed: 2012 In this one-year project Paul Horne and Jessica Page developed a simple IPM strategy for brassicas, and then successfully demonstrated the strategy in commercial cauliflower crops at AAA Farms in Werribee South. The strategy involved introducing a biocontrol agent (a wasp parasite of […]