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Attempts to establish the boneseed leaf buckle mite in Australia for the biological control of boneseed


Morely, T and Ireson, J and Ivory, S, Attempts to establish the boneseed leaf buckle mite in Australia for the biological control of boneseed, Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Weeds Conference, 8-11 October 2012, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 353-355. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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The boneseed leaf buckle mite Aceria sp. (BLBM) is the eighth biological control agent released against boneseed Chrysanthemoides monilifera ssp. monilifera in Australia.

From 2008 to 2012, 165 BLBM field releases were made in south-eastern Australia by inoculating vegetative boneseed shoot tips with one to several mitebearing BLBM galls on 998 boneseed plants. Very few of these boneseed plants developed BLBM colonies that could be regarded as established populations.

A new release method was deployed in autumn 2011. One hundred and twenty BLBM-colonised potted boneseed plants were planted to existing boneseed infestations at 16 sites.

Observations after one year suggest that the new release method is four to five times better for establishing BLBM colonies than the original method.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Aceria sp., Chrysanthemoides monilifera
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ireson, J (Dr John Ireson)
ID Code:81388
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-12-04
Last Modified:2015-08-06

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