Welcome to “Pests and Beneficials in Australian Cotton Landscapes”, brought to you by the Development and Delivery team, the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC, Cotton Grower Services and the IHD Group .
Insect ID guide can assist consultants and growers correctly identify their pest and beneficial insects and creates awareness of the role that native vegetation can play in IPM. Ultimately this information supports responsible pest management decision making.
This guidehas been updated from our original web id guide that was based on ‘The Cotton Pest and Beneficial Guide (Pyke and Brown)’ which was published in 1996 and has been a popular reference within the Australian cotton industry.
The development of this guide has been a group effort, and we, along with the Australian Cotton Industry, thank the many people and organisations that willingly and generously provided images or technical input and this is acknowledged . The Updated Guide is easy to use providing key information for the identification of pests or beneficials with high quality images.
This new guide contains a considerable amount of new information about beneficials and pests which has significantly changed since the introduction of Bollgard II crops. It also incorporates outcomes from biodiversity research which can be used as a framework for improving native vegetation landscapes as alternate habitat for beneficials. This framework is located in the middle of the guide and is based on 6 management principles;
1. Think beyond the crop
2. Encourage beneficials with diverse, messy vegetation
3. Do not disturb, conserve your beneficials
4. Consider birds and bats as beneficials
5. Control weeds in and around the farm
6. Consider water availability
This publication is not only an important tool for consultants and growers but supports researchers, extension staff, students and anyone new to the cotton industry. The guide is also a valuable resource for those completing the IPM and natural assets modules in myBMP.
Sandra Williams (Delivery Specialist – CSIRO)
& Stacey Vogel (Catchment Officer – Namoi CMA)