Horticulture

Online pest control tool available

By Country News

A new website is providing independent, expert advice on integrated pest and disease management to the apple and pear industries and service providers.

Agriculture Victoria and Hort Innovation developed the website in response to an increased interest and need for these industries to reduce chemical use to maintain access to markets and to avoid insects developing chemical resistance.

Agriculture Victoria principal research scientist David Williams said IPDM was a tool that promoted monitoring for pests and disease and set thresholds for control management.

■The new website can be found at: https://extensionaus.com.au/ozapplepearipdm/home or on Facebook at: facebook.com/ozapplepear.ipdm