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SARDI Seminar: Seek and destroy – update from Entomology
Jun 21, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Seek and destroy: update from Entomology
Enhancing post-farm gate diagnostics and extension for Khapra Beetle
Khapra beetle (KB) (Trogoderma granarium) is listed in the top 100 invasive species in the world. In 2017 a SAGIT funded a SARDI project to extend knowledge of the pest – to assist with identification and provide information to trading partners began in early July. The program sought to extend findings from both a Biosecurity SA mandatory surveillance program and a general monitoring and surveillance program (surveillance at strategic regional farming locations.) These programs have provided a wealth of samples from grain-associated (and other) properties and can help to improve understanding of grain-associated insects in the region, particularly those that closely resemble key known pests such as khapra beetle. Samples were collected from over 100 strategic locations in South Australia and from this, over 1000 samples were processed and 176 dermestid voucher specimens curated into the Waite Insect and Nematode Collection. This gives South Australian entomologists improved diagnostic capabilities and the ability to provide timely advice should an incursion of this devastating pest occur.
Russian Assassins are already here!
In response to the recent incursion of Russian gangsters, the great and almighty Donald Trump has given me directive to find a way to remove the Russians from Australian cropping systems!
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Where: Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
When: Thurs 21st June, 10:45am –12pm
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at 10.45am.
Seminars are open to students, researchers and staff from other organisations.