Identification of Conogethes spp. pheromones for pest control purposes in Alpinia

Identification of Conogethes spp. pheromones for pest control purposes in Alpinia

Two species of caterpillars Conogethes pluto Butler and Conogethes punctiferalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) have become major pests of Alpinia and other ornamental gingers in the Northern Territory (NT) and Queensland, Australia. These pests damage the flowers and bore into and kill … Continued
AFI – Backhousia browning syndrome

AFI – Backhousia browning syndrome

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Native Floriculture is continuing its examination of the causes of the browning in Backhousia.
AFI – Thrips Management in glasshouses

AFI – Thrips Management in glasshouses

The use of a new group of chemical attractants to aid early identification of thrips infestations in greenhouse crops is the goal of research being undertaken by an international science collaboration.
Proteaceae – Managing Elsinoe scab

Proteaceae – Managing Elsinoe scab

Elsinoe scab of South African Proteaceae is caused by Elsinoe spp. The disease causes scabby lesions on stems, leaves and flower heads and heavy infection can cause twisting or splitting of stems. Symptoms vary from species to species and among cultivars … Continued
AFI – Solving Disinfestation Problems

AFI – Solving Disinfestation Problems

“Safer and effective disinfestation is our goal,” says insect expert Kees van Epenhuijsen. “We look for chemicals that will kill pests but have minimal effect on the people using them and the environment.”
Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is a disease limited to plants in the Myrtaceae family. This plant disease is a member of the guava rust complex caused by Puccinia psidii, a known significant pathogen of Myrtaceae plants outside Australia.
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.