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Elementor #1697

Biological control of invasive Eucalypt weevils in plantations With its industry partners the IPMG has been working with the University of the Sunshine Coast to find biological controls for the Gonipterus weevil.  Gonipterus weevils feed on new adult foliage of Eucalyptus globulus and can reduce tree growth by 20-30 percent.  An effective biological control will allow the industry to reduce the use of pesticides and provide a sustainable, long term control option.  The next stage of the project was funded by FWPA and should see the release of more effective controls of the weevil in south west Western Australia.

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Eucalypt plantation

FWPA provide significant boost to the IPMG

Under a five-year program, that commenced in June 2018, Forest and Wood Products Australia will facilitate matching IPMG member company’s contributions with Commonwealth Government funds to enable effective delivery of Applied Research and Extension for the plantation industry, particularly in WA. The additional funds will allow the IPMG to provide the capacity to enable multi-party coordination of regional or national scale applied R,D&E projects from project development, through to funding, implementation, reporting, extension and industry adoption Expected outcomes of the implementation of an IPMG coordinating position will be: Improved coordination of industry-led collaborative R&D projects with greater commercial relevance Improved R&D operational [...]

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International collaboration for Eucalypt weevil biocontrol

In 2017 the IPMG partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), BiCEP Alliance, Forestry South Africa, IPEF Brazil, Murdoch University, and Forest and Wood Products Australia to investigate a model system for the discovery and development of biocontrol agents against forest pests. As one the most important herbivorous insect pests affecting Eucalyptus plantations, the project is using Gonipterus weevils and their associated parasitoids to develop the model system. Historically only one species of weevil; Gonipterus scutellatus was thought to be involved. Recent studies however, have shown that G. scutellatus was misidentified and that a number of different Gonipterus species [...]

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