Journal article

Hymenopteran Parasitoids of Aphid Pests within Australian Grain Production Landscapes

Samantha E Ward, Paul A Umina, Sarina Macfadyen, Ary A Hoffmann

INSECTS | MDPI | Published : 2021


In grain crops, aphids are important pests, but they can be suppressed by hymenopteran parasitoids. A challenge in incorporating parasitoids into Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs, however, is that parasitoid numbers can be low during periods within the season when aphids are most damaging. Understanding the population dynamics of key aphid species and their parasitoids is central to ameliorating this problem. To examine the composition and seasonal trends of both aphid and parasitoid populations in south-eastern Australia, samples were taken throughout the winter growing seasons of 2017 and 2018 in 28 fields of wheat and canola. Myzus persicae (Sulzer) was the most abundant aphid sp..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research initiative is a GRDC investment that seeks to deliver new knowledge to improve the timing of pest management decisions in grain crops to grain growers: CSE00059. This work was further supported by the Albert Shimmins Fund.