Citrus industry IPDM extension program (CT19011)
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.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Citrus Fund.