Journal article

Survival and reproduction of the pest mites Balaustium medicagoense and Bryobia spp. on winter grain crops

Aston L Arthur, Andrew R Weeks, Paul A Umina, Ary A Hoffmann

Experimental & Applied Acarology | SPRINGER | Published : 2010


Balaustium medicagoense and Bryobia spp. have recently been identified as emerging pests of winter crops and pastures in Australia. These mites have a high natural tolerance to currently registered pesticides, highlighting the need to develop alternative control strategies such as cultural controls which require an understanding of plant associations. In shade-house experiments, Bryobia spp. survived and reproduced successfully on pasture, lupins and oats, but progeny failed to reach the adult stage on canola and wheat. Balaustium medicagoense progeny failed to produce a generation on any crop but parental adults survived a few months on all crops, particularly wheat. Bryobia spp. damaged ca..

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Awarded by Grains Research and Development Corporation

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank John Roberts for helping with collections of mites and Vanessa Kellermann for helping with the maintenance of the crop treatments. This study was supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (grant number 83991) and the Australian Research Council through their Fellowship programs.