Amegilla cingulata – Blue-banded bee. Image credit: Erica Siegel
If I were to ask you what a native Australian bee looks like, what would you say?
To … Read More
amegilla, bee, honey, native bee, pollination, pollinator, urban, varroa, varroa mite
The tomato potato psyllid (TPP) is a small sap-sucking insect and a serious pest of tomato, potato, chilli, capsicum, eggplant, tamarillo, sweet potato and weeds … Read More
biosecurity, exotic, pest, potato, psyllid, Tomato
Uncategorized, What bug is that?
Urban growth is critically linked to biosecurity risk, however the extent of this risk is not well understood and efforts to engage urban dwellers in … Read More
biosecurity, city, disease, pest, plant, resilient, risk, urban
Protect your patch, Uncategorized
Historically, our country has been protected by its geographic isolation, which means Australia is free today of many of the pests and diseases common to … Read More
biosecurity, detect, disease, incursion, pest
Australia has a world-class biosecurity system and natural barriers that protect us from exotic pests and diseases, which allows our agriculture industries to thrive. But … Read More
biosecurity, city, community, disease, garden, gardener, pest, plant, urban
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an insect that feeds on fruits and vegetables and over winter shelters inside homes and buildings, vehicles, machinery … Read More
biosecurity, BMSB, brown marmorated stink bug, bug, detect, garden, pest, urban
Citrus gall wasp (Bruchophagus fellis) affects all types of citrus across Australia. The wasp produces lumpy, woody galls around their larvae on branches. The galls … Read More
citrus, gall, garden, lemon, lime, orange, urban, wasp
Uncategorized, What plant disease is that?
With spring upon us, backyard beekeepers should be preparing to conduct inspections and maintenance on their hives.
Beekeepers have an important role to play in protecting … Read More
AFB, american foulbrood, apiarist, apiary, bee, beehive, honey, varroa, varroa mite