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Aphids Needed for National Pest Research

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Local growers and agronomists are being asked to help in the collection of aphids as part of an Australian Grains Pest Innovation Program(GRDC).

The pests, from different regions around the country, will assist researchers from the University of Melbourne,in collaboration with Cesar Australia, to examine options for manipulating tiny micro-organisms that live inside the aphids.

The aim of the project is to reduce the risk of crop damage and the transmission of plant viruses in future.

Management of insect crop pests can present unique challenges for Australian farmers with crop losses of around$350 million a yearin the grains industry as a result ofinsects.

For more information and advice on submitting collected specimens, contact Associate Professor Paul Umina at the University of Melbourne.

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