Journal article

Potential role of seed treatments in the management of emerging arthropod pests of canola

Paul A Umina

Crop and Pasture Science | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019


Conservation agriculture has changed the farming landscape. Reduced tillage, stubble retention and changes in crop agronomy have provided considerable benefits to farmers and the environment, but such practices have also influenced arthropod communities residing in these landscapes. Within Australia, there has been an increase in the pest status of several introduced arthropods including Armadillidium vulgare (common pillbug), Forficula auricularia (European earwig) and Ommatoiulus moreleti (black Portuguese millipede). In the present study, the role of insecticide seed treatments in managing these species was examined. Species differed in their responses when exposed to seedlings coated wit..

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Funding Acknowledgements

I acknowledge the technical support of Isobel Roberts, Annabel Clouston, Peter Carson, Julia Severi, Josh Douglas and Lisa Kirkland. This work was partially supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Thanks to SARDI for providing historical pest bulletin data from South Australia, and Josh Douglas and Matthew Binns for comments on this manuscript.