Myrtle rust

Myrtle rust

Precautions to limit the spread of myrtle rust should be taken by people carrying out activities where there is potential to spread myrtle rust to vulnerable species or plant communities.
AFI – New process replaces methyl bromide

AFI – New process replaces methyl bromide

A new method for ridding harvested fruits and vegetables of insect pests and microorganisms, without the use of ozone-depleting chemicals like methyl bromide, has been developed by researchers at UC Davis.
Grafting – converting ‘potential’ crops into commercial reality

Grafting – converting ‘potential’ crops into commercial reality

Focus on Australian natives due to: Increased understanding of genetic relationships between species New grafting protocols Higher % success and greater consistency Better stock plant management Continued testing Better understanding or rootstock / disease relationships
Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

Biocontrol of Western flower thrips in cut flowers

The ability of commercially available thrips predators to reduce WFT was examined on gerberas, chrysanthemums and roses. Three foliage predators were found to have the greatest potential to manage WFT. Two predatory mites and a pirate bug reduced thrips numbers by about 30 … Continued