Attract and reward: a novel approach to enhancing biological control of crop pests [ 2007 - 2010 ]

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Researchers A/Prof GM Gurr; Prof S Wratten; A/Prof DG James

Brief description Pests cause serious damage to Australia's agricultural crops. Current control relies heavily on synthetic pesticides. This project will develop novel products based on natural plant compounds to attract beneficial insects into crops where they will be supported with nectar, pollen and shelter to maximise their lifespan, reproduction, residency. This use of Australia's beneficial insect biodiversity will provide novel pest control options to help transform the vegetable and grape industries. The work will reduce reliance on conventional pesticides; thereby contributing towards Australia's environmental sustainability and providing healthier foodstuffs.

Funding Amount $84,000

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