Welcome to PBRI Podcasts, a series that explores some of Australia's most unwanted plant pests.
It features interviews with growers and agronomists on their first-hand experience in managing new and emerging pests, leading Australian researchers on their latest findings and observations and international experts who share their experiences and learnings.
Each episode runs for about 30 minutes, and you can listen in any order you want.
The first series of PBRI Podcasts is on fall armyworm. It explores the experiences and observations of experts from around the globe and here in Australia as we prepare to take on this invasive pest.
Throughout the series, host Chris Brown delves into the biology and behaviour of fall armyworm and explores how we can best prepare ourselves in order to minimise its impact.
Episode 7: Field observations of fall armyworm in northern Western Australia
Following the establishment of fall armyworm populations in the Ord Valley in northern WA, researchers and agronomists have been working together to monitor its behaviour, feeding habits and potential spread throughout cropping areas of WA. Senior research scientist with WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Helen Spafford, and Ord River District Cooperative (ORDCO) agronomists, Penny Goldsmith discuss what they are observing in the Ord Valley and around Broome and the challenges growers are facing as they approach harvest.
Special Guests: Helen Spafford and Penny Goldsmith.
Episode 8: Trial observations and laboratory findings on fall armyworm in the Northern Territory
Since the first detection of fall armyworm in Australia researchers and agronomists have been quick to come together and establish field trials and laboratory experiments to help understand its likely impact on crops and production systems in the top end. NT’s Department of Primary Industry and Resources Senior Principal Entomologist, Brian Thistleton, and Senior Entomologist, Praise Justo-Tadle, give us an insight into what they are recording in some of their field trials and lab experiments on fall armyworm and what growers should be looking out for in the lead up to the wet season.
Special Guests: Brian Thistleton and Praise Justo-Tadle.
Episode 9: Could fall armyworm have been present in our region for longer than first thought? Tracing the spread
Fall armyworm was detected in Australia in early 2020 but could it have been here a lot longer? Senior Research Scientist with CSIRO, WeeTek Tay, delves into the genetics of fall armyworm and its different global populations so we can better understand their spread patterns and biosecurity pathways.
Special Guest: WeeTek Tay.
Episode 6: Scouting, developing thresholds and tips to familiarise yourself with fall armyworm
We now have some valuable first-hand experience in dealing with fall armyworm in commercial crops in north Queensland. Burdekin agronomist Brent Wilson from Nutien Ag Solutions at Home Hill and Paul McIntosh from Pulse Australia and the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative share their insights into the need to manage resistance, developing thresholds, identifying fall armyworm, and where to look for them.
To see the specific plant symptoms and visual characteristics highlighted in the discussion with Brent, check out his presentation on fall armyworm Q&A for Central Queensland on 6 May 2020 via the link.
Special Guests: Brent Wilson and Paul McIntosh.
Episode 5: Field observations of fall armyworm in northern Australia
Since the recent arrival of fall armyworm in Australia, scientists, growers and agronomists across the north have been on a steep learning curve. Home-grown entomologists Melina Miles and Paul Grundy from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries speak about their observations and thoughts on how the pest is behaving in Australia and the likely implications for management.
Special Guests: Melina Miles and Paul Grundy.
Episode 4: FAO's global action for fall armyworm control
On this podcast we speak to FAO’s Elisabetta Tagliati about the risks posed by fall armyworm to global food and feed security and FAO’s efforts to develop international capacity and capabilitiy to manage the pest across 65 countries under a Global Action Plan.
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Special Guest: Elisabetta Tagliati.