Thesis / Dissertation

Predicting pest issues from common and curious pests of crop seedlings in south-eastern Australian

Joshua Heath Douglas, Paul Umina (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Over fourty species of invertebrate pests can be pests of emerging crop seedlings in south-eastern Australia. Some species are a common and widespread issue for farmers, while others only sporadically cause damage. The inability to predict potential pest problems is a key reason why insecticides are commonly applied to fields prior to sowing (applied as seed treatments or bare-earth sprays) and/or post-sowing (foliar sprays) in a prophylactic manner. This thesis investigates factors which predict the risk of pest problems arising from two common pests and two emerging sporadic pests of crop seedlings. The common pests are the earth mites, the redlegged earth mite, Halotydeus destructor and t..

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