Apple and pear industry benefits from revised IPDM manual

The well-regarded Integrated Pest Disease and Weed Management (IPDM) manual for Australian Apple and Pears has been newly revised and is now available online.

This practical manual is part of the legacy of Agriculture Victoria Entomologist David Williams and Plant Pathologist Oscar Villalta, who are both retiring in the near future after long, extensive careers. 

The information and high-quality photos contained in the 314-page manual is largely due to the depth of knowledge and efforts of the two scientists. 

The manual includes useful information on how to develop an IPDM plan, key pests and diseases, integrated weed management, how to optimise the effectiveness of mating disruption, in addition to tables showing the toxicity of pesticides on beneficial species. 

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) Technical Manager Rosalie Daniels said the manual is a comprehensive resource for those interested in IPDM.

“It contains not only information about how to manage local pests and diseases using an integrated approach for Australian orchards and conditions, but it also provides details about unwanted pests that are not present in Australia and what to look out for,” Daniels said.

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