New research using flowering plants to boost beneficial insects to reduce the impact of pests in vegetable crops will be on show at farm walks in Victoria and South Australia during February.
The research aims to help growers develop integrated pest control methods that are simple to implement, compatible with mainstream farming and can help reduce costs.
Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) researchers will outline the project to develop ecological approaches to pest control, vegetable growers will share their experience and there’ll be practical demonstrations at the field trial.
Charles Sturt post doctoral researcher Dr Syed Rizvi said field trials have been established in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
“Our initial research shows there’s a strong association of flowering plants with high numbers of beneficial insects and low numbers of pests,” he said.
The field walk will provide an opportunity for growers ask questions and to learn more about biological control, how it works and the potential benefits.
The research through the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is funded by Hort Innovation and Charles Sturt.
10am Thursday 13 February 25 Banksia Road (off Murray Road) Hay Valley in South Australia. Dowload the flyer
Contact: Dr Syed Rizvi 02 63657597, firstname.lastname@example.org