The flood bug, Australiodillo bifrons (Isopoda : Armadillidae): A potential pest of cereals in Australia?
MG Paoletti, A Tsitsilas, LJ Thomson, S Taiti, PA Umina
APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2008
Agricultural invertebrate pests cause substantial losses through reduced productivity and increases in pesticide application. Understanding the basic biology of pest species and how they interact with other invertebrates within specific industries is important for developing targeted control strategies. In 2006, feeding damage to emerging cereal crops in parts of New South Wales, Australia, was caused by Australiodillo bifrons (Budde-Lund, 1885), an endemic slater species. This appears to be a new phenomenon as slaters are not widely known to be a pest of cultivated plants, but rather feed on decaying organic matter. Samples were collected from these areas and affected farmers interviewed. W..View full abstract