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Host-plant resistance and biopesticides: Ingredients for successful integrated pest management (IPM) in Australian sorghum production

Franzmann, B.A. and Hardy, A.T. and Murray, D.A.H. and Henzell, R.G. (2008) Host-plant resistance and biopesticides: Ingredients for successful integrated pest management (IPM) in Australian sorghum production. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 48 (12). pp. 1594-1600.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/EA08071

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/

Abstract

There are two major pests of sorghum in Australia, the sorghum midge, Stenodiplosis sorghicola (Coquillett), and the corn earworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner). During the past 10 years the management of these pests has undergone a revolution, due principally to the development of sorghum hybrids with resistance to sorghum midge. Also contributing has been the adoption of a nucleopolyhedrovirus for the management of corn earworm. The practical application of these developments has led to a massive reduction in the use of synthetic insecticides for the management of major pests of sorghum in Australia. These changes have produced immediate economic, environmental and social benefits. Other flow-on benefits include providing flexibility in planting times, the maintenance of beneficial arthropods and utilisation of sorghum as a beneficial arthropod nursery, a reduction in midge populations and a reduction in insecticide resistance development in corn earworm. Future developments in sorghum pest management are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI), Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science, Plant Science
Business groups:Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:© CSIRO.
Keywords:Sorghum; IPM; integrated pest management; Stenodiplosis sorghicola; Helicoverpa armigera; sorghum midge; corn earworm.
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection
Plant pests and diseases > Individual or types of plants or trees > Sorghum
Deposited On:30 Jan 2009 05:46
Last Modified:20 Oct 2011 06:27

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