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Ongoing project

Strengthening cultural and biological management of pests and diseases in apple and pear orchards (AP19002)

Key research provider: The Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

What’s it all about?

This investment is providing growers and advisors within the apple and pear industry with high quality information on integrated pest and disease management (IPDM), to support increased confidence in IPDM decision making within the sector.

This project is demonstrating the success of biological control methods and is aligned with new research into improving the orchard habitat to support a greater diversity of beneficial biological control agents  to assist management of pests, and a greater diversity of organisms known to improve soil health. They are also set to identify and demonstrate tools available to growers for measuring impacts of orchard cultural management practices on plant health, yield and quality.

The project is also responsible for developing and executing robust methods for monitoring establishment and performance of Mastrus ridens, a parasitoid wasp released through previous levy-funded project Integrated pest and disease management – phase 2 (AP15001).

This project is part of the PIPS3 program for the apple and pear industry (the third iteration of the Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils program). The other investments that make up this scope of work are:

The work done through this project, and the PIPS3 program, will be communicated to industry extensively through the levy-funded National apple and pear industry communications program (AP18000) and Future Orchards program Delivery of apple and pear Future Orchards extension program (AP15005). You can sign up to receive industry communications at  

Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund