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Author Stevens, Mark M. (Mark MacLeod)

Title Improving bloodworm, earthworm and snail control in rice / Mark M. Stevens
Published Barton, A.C.T. : RIRDC, 2003


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Description vii, 73 leaves ; 30 cm
Series RIRDC publication, 1440-6845 ; no. 03/083
RIRDC publication ; no. 03/083
Summary In comparison to overseas producers, Australian rice growers have to contend with relatively few serious invertebrate pests. Most pests occur at damaging levels only during crop establishment, with bloodworms, aquatic snails and aquatic earthworms being the main causes of crop damage. This project evaluates potential new control procedures for all three of these pests, with the overall goal of minimising crop damage whilst limiting the use of synthetic pesticides to the lowest possible levels. A collaborative bioassay study conducted with scientists at the University of Florida has provided useful information on how bloodworms respond to different bioassay conditions, allowing data from overseas studies to be validly compared to that generated in Australia. Field trials against bloodworms confirm the suitability of new bloodworm control treatments, whilst work on chlorothalonil demonstrates its efficacy against snails, and its potential to replace copper sulfate as the main agent of snail control. Laboratory bioassays highlight the potential of several chemicals for aquatic earthworm control, whilst studies on crop rotations open up the possibility of cultural management of this pest. Studies on bloodworm oviposition behaviour indicate that highly selective control of this pest may be possible using oviposition deterrents. This project was funded from industry revenue which is matched by funds provided by the Federal Government. This report, a new addition to RIRDC's diverse range of over 900 research publications, forms part of our Rice R&D program, which aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of the Australian rice industry
Notes Cover title
"July 2003"
"A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation"
"RIRDC project no DAN-184A"
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 71-73
Notes Also available via the World Wide Web
2003 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Subject Rice -- Diseases and pests -- Australia, Southern
Invertebrate pests -- Control -- Australia, Southern
Rice -- Diseases and pests -- Australia -- South Australia.
Rice -- Fumigation -- Australia -- South Australia.
Rice -- Diseases and pests -- Australia -- New South Wales.
Rice -- Fumigation -- Australia -- New South Wales.
Author Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. Rice Research and Development (Program)
ISSN 1440-6845
ISBN 0642586500
Other Titles On cover: Shaping the future