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Ongoing project

Citrus industry IPDM extension program (CT19011)

Key research provider: NSW Department of Primary Industries

What’s it all about?

This investment is working to increase the citrus industry’s knowledge of pests and diseases and how to control them using integrated pest and disease management strategies that will minimise the use of environmental and consumer-sensitives chemicals. Australian citrus exports will have greater appeal to consumers through this method, as market preferences trend towards zero chemical residues.

The project will work with established networks in the citrus industry to communicate and extend new knowledge and practices on whole-farm IPDM that will maximise adoption across the citrus industry.

A key component of this program is engaging with growers and advisors at a farm level through workshops and farm walks at demonstration sites that implement IPDM strategies. This on-farm engagement will be supported by resources included a field guide, fact sheets, published information and videos.

The project will:

  • Extend current knowledge, skills and tools on IPDM of pests and diseases in citrus orchards, with a non-exclusive focus on citrus gall wasp, Fuller’s rose weevil, red scale, citrus mealybug, citrus katydid, citrus black spot and Emperor brown spot, and consideration for citrus black core rot, anthracnose, phytophthora and any emerging pests and diseases of significance as identified in the initial project survey.

  • Undertake research, where growers and horticultural agronomists participate in the decision-making for the demonstration site, to support further development of effective IPDM for the citrus industry.

IPDM grower groups in different regions are currently being formed, with over 30 people registering their interest in participating.

At the end of March, seasonal farm walks were undertaken in Mareeba, Griffith, Leeton, Ellerslie, Iraak, Waikerie and Loxton. There was a total of 93 participants (excluding project staff and IPDM consultants). Participant feedback indicates the events were well received.

The project team have designed an efficient yet thorough IPDM practices survey with expert guidance from Dr Katrina Sinclair, a social science researcher from the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Matt Adkins (Leader Industry Adoption) from NSW DPI has led the development of the survey and data management. Survey data is currently being collected by IPDM project collaborators nationally. Matt also facilitated a citrus IPDM – CSIRO ADOPT model with the group focused upon citrus gall wasp.

The project team has drafted a citrus IPDM scorecard. The project team will select growers from each region throughout the IPDM extension project to evaluate whether the scorecard concept would suit the citrus industry.

Related levy funds
Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Citrus Fund.