Breaking Bad bugs: Testing potential biocontrol agents for pesticide tolerance

I have a passion for playing mad scientist with pesticides, all in the name of making agricultural pest control safer and more sustainable. If you’re fond of growing roses, you’re probably familiar with the frustrating critters that invade them in your garden. The critters, in this case aphids, are unfortunately fond of your roses, along […]

Victoria’s new habitat law fails to protect a tiny endangered species

By Eddie Tsyrlin and Ary Hoffmann This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article. Australia’s unique and diverse wildlife is a source of national pride and global fascination. But this reputation is marred by our country’s alarming rate of species extinction. Australia has already earned the dubious title of the world leader […]

Scientists and government agencies are targeting mosquitoes with bacteria

by Nancy Endersby-Harshman and Ary Hoffmann This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article Dengue fever is one of the most common tropical diseases in the world, affecting several million people every year. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, particularly a species known as Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito. Dengue is a […]

Do you have a chorus of crickets in your backyard? Here’s why

by Ary Hoffmann This article was first published on Pursuit. Read the original article. From Reservoir to Fitzroy, social media has been abuzz that parts of Melbourne are being overrun by crickets. The native Australian insect may be small, but it can make a whole lot of noise – something your ears might be recovering […]

The breeding trap targeting Melbourne’s growing mozzie problem

Véronique Paris, Liam Ferguson, Nicholas Bell and Ary Hoffmann Banner: Marianne Coquilleau Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and Japanese encephalitis may feel like far-distant nightmares for many Victorians. Here, the warmer summer months coinciding with the mosquito season are more synonymous with backyard BBQs and backyard cricket than the smell of tropical strength repellents and mosquito […]

My exciting two weeks with PEARG

By Aiswarya Sankar I was so excited when my nomination for a work integrated learning at the Pest & Environmental Adaptation Research Group (PEARG) was accepted. I had never been to a work integrated learning before and as a Diploma in Lab Techniques student at RMIT, it was a fantastic opportunity for me to spend […]

Novel solutions for pest management

Curious about the progress in managing insect pests in Australian grain crops? Don’t miss the GRDC’s latest podcast episode to catch up on the headway made by the Australian Grains Pest Innovation Program, as Associate Professor Paul Umina provides an update on the ground breaking research currently underway. Tune in here. It’s estimated the Australian grains […]

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