Monday, 26 October 2020
Levy-funded project ‘Research, Development and Extension program for control, eradication and preparedness of vegetable leafminer’ (MT16004) is working towards understanding the full impact an infestation of vegetable leafminer species could have on the Australian horticulture sector and where management practices could be put in place.
Together, project lead cesar, and project partners Plant Health Australia, the University of Melbourne, Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and AUSVEG have been busy developing a suite of useful resources that can be utilised by the nursery industry to ensure the risk of exotic vegetable leafminer incursion is minimised.
Have you seen an exotic leafminer?
AUSVEG, with the support of project partners, has created a video outlining the potential impacts of exotic leafminers, featuring the vegetable leafminer (Liriomyze sativae), potato leafminer (Liriomyza huidobrensis) and American serpentine leafminer (Liriomyza trifolii) whilst mapping out the MT16004 project activities completed to date.
You can check it out here: https://bit.ly/3ocXtCL
A webinar series presenting on three exotic leafminers that pose a significant threat to the nursery industry has wrapped up and is now available for playback.
The series was hosted by representatives from AUSVEG, cesar, the University of Melbourne and Plant Health Australia to outline the extent of threat posed by the pest, potential risk and impacts Australia could face, best-practice surveillance strategies to help mitigate incursions and approaches to biological and chemical control.
Find the webinar playlist here: https://bit.ly/3obxr2T
Preparing for exotic leafminers: a threat to Australian horticulture
The Vegetables Australia magazine has included an article (pages 60-61), developed by AUSVEG and Dr. Elia Pirtle, that outlines how surveillance can help industry prepare for the potential arrival of exotic leafminers.
Access it here: https://bit.ly/3kjznE5
Preparedness for the exotic vegetable leafminer in vegetable and nursery crops in Australia
Growers and industry stakeholders can access a preparedness guide, which provides information on the pest and its impact, all aspects of monitoring from where, when and how you should be looking as well as FAQs and other useful resources.
Find the guide here: https://bit.ly/2Hn9EvY
Management of leafmining flies in vegetable and nursery crops in Australia
A management guide has also been created, mapping out best-practices approaches in the event of a leafminer incursion.
Learn about leafmining flies, chemical control and integrated approaches to application, monitoring for pests and beneficials as well as FAQs and additional resources.
Find the guide here: https://bit.ly/3oc9Yi8
Industry will soon benefit from the release of a MT16004 project extension package that will be accessible on the AUSVEG website: www.ausveg.com.au/mt16004
It will include a suite of resources including a video tutorial, collection of articles, webinar recordings, project videos, a ‘get to know VLM’ PowerPoint presentation, a lifecycle infographic, biological and chemical management plans, a surveillance plan, and regional response plans.
The ‘Research, Development and Extension program for control, eradication and preparedness of vegetable leafminer’ (MT16004) project has been funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable, nursery, melon and potato research and development levies and contribution from the Australian Government.