Improved Fumigation for Export Wildfowers

Improved Fumigation for Export Wildfowers

Exports of cut flowers from Australia were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with wildflowers comprising over 90% of the total. In 1998/99 the value of exports from Victoria was $A7.6 million a 25% increase from 1997/98. Insect infestations in … Continued
Powdery Mildew – A myriad of nursery pathogens

Powdery Mildew – A myriad of nursery pathogens

Management of powdery mildew is reliant on regular monitoring; powdery mildew epidemics can develop very quickly from low level of infection. The following practices will reduce the likelihood of severe outbreaks of powdery mildew.
Controlling leaf blackening in protea

Controlling leaf blackening in protea

Leaf blackening is a major problem for the cut flower Protea industry. Leaves often show symptoms of blackening as soon as 3 days after harvest. Presence of the disorder significantly decreases the vase life of the flowers as well as … Continued
Understanding the basic issues associated with insecticide resistance

Understanding the basic issues associated with insecticide resistance

Insect and mite pests of greenhouse-grown horticultural crops are primarily suppressed with pesticides, in this case insecticides and miticides. However, many insect (and even mite) pests possess the inherent ability to evolve (or adapt) to various human disturbance factors such … Continued
Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

Cut flower and foliage industry pesticide gap analysis

The cut flower and foliage industry has completed a project designed to identify the chemical needs of the industry moving into the future. The project, Cut Flower and Foliage Industry Pesticide Gap Analysis (code FL10002) was co funded by Horticulture … Continued
Improved on-farm management of Waratah bud and stem borer

Improved on-farm management of Waratah bud and stem borer

Waratah bud and stem borer causes serious damage to commercially cultivated Waratah bushes (Telopea speciosissima). The larval stage of the insect generally bores into the buds and stems of the plant. Eggs are laid at the axillary region where the … Continued