Pest and disease management (PIPS 4 Profit) (AP22001)
What is it all about?
This investment is optimising the Australian apple and pear industry’s approach to integrated pest and disease management (IPDM) with a focus on profitability.
The research will provide apple and pear growers with methods and systems that target orchard systems and habitat management; impactful biological control using classical, augmentative and conservation biological control practices; and grower-friendly decision support that prioritises efficient pest and disease monitoring, thresholds, and crop and soil health.
The project’s key goals are to:
- Develop effective and efficient monitoring tools for key pests and beneficials.
- Develop evidence-based economic thresholds to inform pesticide application decisions.
- Establish pest tolerance levels beyond which pest attacks cause significant economic loss.
- Develop effective orchard management practices that support habitat and food source availability, balanced parasitoid/predatory populations, and reduce soil compaction and soil loss.
- Demonstrate the efficacy of biological control of major pests and diseases, such as codling moth, light brown apple moth, apple scab and root rot,
- Develop a risk matric for the key pests in each growing region indicating the efficacy of the available control options and the need for adoption of a suit of integrated management tools.
The project builds on the strong research and extension foundations of the collaborative Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils (PIPS) program.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund