Review and extension of avocado pests and their management (AV19001)
What’s it all about?
To help avocado growers in adopting effective integrated pest management (IPM), this project is exploring potential barriers to IPM uptake and delivering practical information and resources for incorporating IPM on farm. The goal is to help growers improve productivity by reducing fruit losses, improving fruit quality due to pest damage, and reducing unnecessary pesticide applications.
Following surveys of current grower practices and industry understanding of IPM, the project team is tasked with extending clear information and instruction around IPM through a series of workshops, articles and industry fact sheets. Keep an eye out in industry channels for updates and resources.
During the early stages of this project, the team conducted an industry survey to assess current pest management practices, with this now complete and the results analysed.
The results show that a prominent issue facing industry is the reliance on broad-spectrum pesticides targeting Fruit Spotting Bug (FSB) in Queensland and NSW, where it is the main pest of concern.
The survey also revealed that growers and advisors need greater support for how best to make pesticide use decisions utilising monitoring, with improved pest and beneficial identification skills required along with education about pesticide impact on beneficial species and how overuse of some pesticides can make pest problems worse.
The team will now look to address these findings in the second phase of the project, through extension activities, linking with projects Management of six-spotted mite in WA avocado orchards – phase 2 (AV19002) and Avocado industry development and extension (AV17005), and conducting workshops on IPM and spray application.
The aim of the planned IPM workshops is not only education, but to also develop a collaboration between growers and researchers.
More information about the workshops and resources will be shared via industry channels.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Avocado Fund