Australian Apple and Pear IPDM

Advances in codling moth control in orchards

Parasitoid wasps, mass trapping of female codling moths and the use of mating disruption could, when combined, help control codling moth in apple and pear orchards, and reduce pesticide use.  

Plant & Food Research New Zealand have taken a timelapse video of parasitoid wasp Mastrus ridens seeking out hibernating codling moth caterpillars and laying eggs […]

Killer wasps and better pheromones target codling moth

Changes to the types of pesticide available for use in fruit production, and the progress of research into biological control of major insect pests, are providing fruit growers with safer, more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly options to incorporate into their pest management systems.
Codling moth is the most serious pest of pome fruit worldwide and […]

New updated IPDM Manual – coming 2020

The revised and updated Apple and Pear IPDM manual will be available in 2020.
The new manual will have a greater focus on the integration of management practices that optimise monitoring and management of pests and diseases and will provide region specific guidelines for end-users ranging from new growers and advisors, through […]

What is Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM)

IPDM is integrated pest and disease management.   More simply, IPDM involves evaluating your pest problems and then developing a systems approach to manage the problems in a crop production context.  The complication is that you must consider impact on the entire block and side effects on biocontrol agents working “behind […]

Survey to focus on apple and pear industry

Australian apple and pear growers, pest management scouts and advisors are being encouraged to participate in a short, less than 15-minute, survey to share their own experience and knowledge about Integrated Pest Disease Management* practices.
Aimee McCutcheon, Agriculture Victoria Horticulture Industry Development Manager said the survey would capture regionally specific, knowledge […]

Free pest and disease management training for apple and pear growers

Australian apple and pear growers are invited to attend free training in Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) to help preserve orchard health and viability.
Agriculture Victoria entomologist, David Williams, who is recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in IPDM development and adoption, will be the key speaker at nine workshops […]

APAL Announces 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, IPDM expert

Apple & Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Awards for Excellence at Hort Connections 2018.  Nominations were submitted to the APAL Board for consideration with a number of high quality and impressive candidates being proposed. Congratulations to all the recipients and a special thanks to […]