Entries by Jessica Page

IPM of phytophagous mites on turfgrass

Client: Hort Innovation Project delivery period: 2018-2021 This project, led by Jessica Page,  aims to develop a sustainable control strategy for all pests in turf, including mites, by combining biological, cultural and chemical controls. A series of workshops involving turfgrass producers, advisors and our project team have been run in Year 1 to identify potential causes and solutions […]

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.

James Manson completes IPM cadetship

Every year IPM Technologies partners with biocontrol producers, chemical companies and chemical resellers to offer an IPM cadetship to a student from La Trobe University. This year the highly sought after position was offered to James Manson. He found the experience very valuable and offered the following reflections on completion of the program in January. […]

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 2015 IPM Technologies and two agencies of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched a project in East Java to develop and demonstrate IPM for shallots. An initial scoping study had been conducted by IPM Technologies in 2014. The study identified […]

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 […]