The Australian cherry season was on track to be one of the biggest ever harvested, until Cyclone Owen spun some rain cells around the country.
A team of European scientists aim to use synthetic biology to produce insect sex pheromones in plants and fungi.
Semiochemicals (pheromones) are emitted by insects for communication. The most widely known of these are sex pheromones that are used in mating disruption—a core tactic in IPM systems.
The time between fruit harvest and fresh spring flush is a good opportunity to ensure that nutrients depleted during the growing and harvesting season are replenished.
Compac, part of TOMRA Food, has launched the Sizer Simulator, a unique simulation tool that enables packhouses to upskill operators and prepare for incoming fresh produce.
According to indicators from growing regions around the country, this year's cherry crop shows great potential.
While mating disruption has been a corner stone of IPM in pome and stone fruit orchards for many years, this work is an advanced and innovative approach to mating disruption, and a new direction for IPM.