04 Sep 2019

Managing codling moth with less chemicals


David Williams is just one of the talented researchers within the PIPS program identifying options to manage pests using a more integrated and sustainable approach. The PIPS program, coordinated by Kristen Stirling and Anne-Maree Boland (RMCG), conducts industry relevant research to find better ways of managing productivity, irrigation, pests and soils of apple and pear orchards. To find out more go to

David and his team at Agriculture Victoria have spent the last 10 years assessing how Mastrus ridens, a biological control agent, can help apple growers manage codling moth. This parasitic wasp provides an option for reducing pesticide use and potentially opening up new export markets. Check out this video to find out more about Mastrus and the outcomes of this research.