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Parndana Bowling Club

82 Cook Street

Parndana, SA 5220

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Get expert advice on : What pests are eating your crop? What you can do about it? Thresholds: What are they and how to interpret them?

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Attendees will be provided with Ute Guides & Go Micros.

Bring in samples or good photos of pests to look at!

*Lunch will only be provided to those people who book a free ticket *

8:30am start – Morning session

Morning tea 10.30am

Out in field/paddock for a demonstration, (then wrap it up inside?)

Lunch

And then optional for anyone who wants to stay longer to look at specimens they’ve brought/more information.

Identification of common pest and beneficial insects

How correct identification will help pest management; covering:

• Common pest and beneficial invertebrates in broadacre crops – bring along something you’re interested in learning more about

• How to get free identifications from the PestFacts SA team: photographing invertebrates and sending samples

• Importance of pest ecology in understanding impact of insects

• Pests of biosecurity concern

Scouting in broadacre cropping

How, when, where, what and why to scout crops; covering:

• What method of scouting to use when

• Good sampling – how to make sure your sampling represents your paddock

• Demonstration of scouting methods and trapping systems

• Thresholds: what they are and how to interpret them

It would be great to know insects of interest from attendees so we can focus in on those pests rather than do something broad so contact the KI Landscape Board with suggestions

(email Damon.Cusack@sa.gov.au or text or call Mob: 0437 172 877).

Speaker Bio's

Dr Maarten van Helden

Maarten is a senior research entomologist. His research interests focus on insect-plant relationships, agro-ecology, integrated and areawide pest management. Originating from the Netherlands where he studied aphid resistance in lettuce (Wageningen Agricultural University) he worked for 18 years in the wine area of Bordeaux (France) on IPM of leafhoppers, leafrollers and nematodes. Since his incursion in Australia in 2016 his main research focus is Russian wheat aphid ecology. He is an affiliate of the University of Adelaide and the Bordeaux Sciences Agro (associate professor).

Rebecca Hamdorf

Rebecca is the PestFacts South Australia Coordinator and a grains entomology morphology diagnostician. Her main focus is grains broadacre cropping invertebrate pests but provides pest insect diagnostics broadly as well as targets for the iMap PESTS project across Australian grains, viticulture, horticulture, sugar and forestry industries. Previously she has worked on morphological diagnostics of grains storage invertebrate pests, including Biosecurity SA surveillance programs, and agricultural pest snails research.

Dr Jo Kent

Jo is research officer with a background in invertebrate taxonomy and systematics using molecular and morphological data. Her current work involves supporting insect diagnostic research across grains and horticulture industries. This involves identification and classification of key species posing Biosecurity risks to Australian agriculture. Jo works extensively with the Waite Insect & Nematode Collection (WINC) and has been involved in a number of entomological programs, including surveillance for various invasive ant species, investigating pesticides and maintaining various insect cultures for experimental purposes (Diamondback moth, Queensland Fruitfly and Australian Sheep Blowfly). Jo is a skilled taxonomic illustrator and has worked as a lecturer/subject coordinator at Valdosta State University (Georgia, USA), and as a lecturer at The School of Natural and Built Environments (The University of South Australia).

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