Journal article

Susceptibility of the bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi (Hemiptera: Aphididae), to four insecticides

Paul A Umina, Jenny Reidy-Crofts, Marielle Babineau, James L Maino, Owain R Edwards



The bird-cherry oat aphid (Rhopalosiphum padi) is a global pest, attacking most cereal crops including barley, wheat, oats and triticale. The aphids cause yield losses through direct feeding damage and the transmission of plant viruses. In Australia, feeding injury can reduce cereal yields by 6%, with the damage caused by aphid-vectored viruses reducing the yield of cereal crops by up to 30%. Aphid control in these crops is achieved almost exclusively with insecticides, and there is growing concern surrounding insecticide resistance evolution in multiple aphid species. In this study, nine field populations of R. padi were collected from localities representing the major grain growing regions..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Siobhan de Little, Annie Johnson, Lisa Kirkland and Kathy Overton for technical assistance. Thanks to the Grains Research and Development Corporation for financial support, and those growers, advisors and researchers who aided in aphid collections.