NACC NRM are excited to announce our successful application for a small Community Stewardship Grant at the end of 2020.
This new project will demonstrate how to increase beneficial insects in horticulture systems, while reducing pest insects and reducing pesticide use, through the use of habitat manipulation techniques.
The project will work closely with Professor Geoff Gurr and his team who are based at Charles Sturt University along with local representatives from DPIRD, and two NAR growers, Bao Duy Nyugen of Sun City Produce, and Jack Davoren of Chally Bridge Farms.
The project aims to extend research trials which Professor Gurr and his team have been heavily involved in. Previous Australian and international trials have looked at applied insect ecology and the development of ecologically-based strategies to combat pests.
The trials aim to promote the activity of natural enemies of pests while simultaneously delivering other ecosystem services to create a property-wide productive system to deliver natural pest suppression.
Both properties will also be establishing strategic windbreaks, using a diverse mix of native species. NACC NRM’s RALF Annabelle Garratt managed to catch up with the growers just before Christmas, along with Ian Pulbrook of Greenoil Tree Nursery, to carry out the initial site assessments.
For more information about this project please contact Lizzie King.
(E) Lizzie.King@nacc.com.au or (P) 0447 361 335