PestÂ risk modelling warning for old world bolwormÂ borne out In July, theÂ South East Farm PressÂ reported that aÂ male Helicoverpa armigeraÂ (old world bollworm) adult had been detected in the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey survey in Florida. Â [Latest reports have updated this to three adult male moths trapped]. Â This species poses a threat to a very wide range of […]
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Helicoverpa armigeraÂ has recentlyÂ been discovered in South America. Â It has since been tracked spreading into the Caribbean. Â Pest risk modelling has revealed that most of the US crop productionÂ may be at some degree of risk from this pest, which has developed resistance to most pesticides. Â The rapid northward spread in the Americas suggests that it is now a matter of when, rather than if itÂ will invade the USA. Â The pest risk research has been published in PLOSÂ One.
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 has been detected in Queensland, Australia. Â In a blow to lovers of Cavendish bananas, this devastating vascular soil borne disease of bananas has been discovered in Tully, North Queensland, Australia. Â This news is particularly difficult for Queenslanders to accept, as they are affectionately known within Australia […]
Myrtle Rust, caused by Puccinia psidii s.l. has been detected in Tasmania, Australia. Â Also known as Guava or Eucalypt rust, this pathogen has an extremely wide host range, focused on the Myrtaceae. Â There have been a number of pest risk analyses prepared and published by our members. Â One of these indicated that parts of Tasmania […]