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Trialling Biological Agents for the Management of Lesser Mealworm in Australian Broiler Houses

Lambkin, Trevor (2011) Trialling Biological Agents for the Management of Lesser Mealworm in Australian Broiler Houses. Project Report. Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

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Abstract

For approximately three decades the Australian broiler industry has relied heavily on the use of insecticides as its key tool for management of darkling beetle or lesser mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus [Panzer] in broiler houses.
The use of these chemicals over this period has been largely unchecked which has resulted in the development of strong insecticide resistance in many beetle populations from broiler farms. Although we are in a period now with an improved knowledge of managing resistance and the availability of new more effective insecticides that are currently marketed, the industry still requires more pest
management options in order to inhibit development of resistance and reduce overall chemical use.
In response to this need, ‘natural’ agents such as entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi were proposed as potential agents for managing darkling beetle populations in Australian broiler houses. Since 2007 laboratory and field studies have been undertaken to assess these agents.
This report outlines these studies and discusses potential benefits to the Chicken Meat industry resulting from this research.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords:Final report
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Animal culture > Housing and environmental control
Deposited On:10 Nov 2011 06:17
Last Modified:05 Sep 2016 06:11

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