In December 2011, AFI magazine printed an update about research being conducted by Andrew Manners, Senior Entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on biological control agents for western flower thrips. This project is now complete and a … Continued
Australian exports of cut flowers were estimated to be worth $A30.1 million in 1995/96 with Australian wildflowers comprising over 90% of exports. However, insect infestations in the flowers and foliage have caused rejections of consignments of flowers by importing countries.
Myrtle rust is a disease limited to plants in the Myrtaceae family. It is a member of the guava rust complex caused by Puccinia psidii, a known significant pathogen of Myrtaceae plants outside Australia. In Australia, infestations are currently limited to … Continued
Part 1: Cultural control This is the first in a two-part series on the management of fungus gnats. This article will focus on their biology and the cultural practices which can be used to reduce their populations. Such strategies create … Continued
Cut flower growers frequently suffer from a lack of legal access to crop protection products (pesticides). The problem is that whilst their crops are valuable, they are often too small individually for agrichemical companies to bear the high cost of registering products for … Continued
When myrtle rust was first detected, a response was initiated to eradicate myrtle rust. The response was unsuccessful because myrtle rust spores are very easily dispersed by wind. In December 2010 eradication efforts were abandoned and transitioned to management.
Myrtle rust was first detected in Queensland in December 2010. It is a serious fungal disease and part of the eucalyptus/guava rust complex. This group of pathogens affects plants belonging to the Myrtaceae family including Australian natives like bottle brush … Continued
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
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.
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