Faba bean aphid

Published: 14 Jun 2024

Faba bean aphid (FBA) is an emerging pest of faba beans, broad beans, vetch, and potentially other legumes and pulses. It persists in hot, dry conditions, and mostly impacts mature, moisture-stressed crops in spring and is a vector for bean leaf roll mosaic virus and pea seed-borne mosaic virus

Between 2019 and 2024, the frequency and severity of FBA outbreaks have increased and spread through the northern and southern grain grain growing regions. This fact sheet provides critical background information for growers about this pest including identification, spread, preferred hosts, symptoms of colonisation, ecology, reproduction and management options.

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Region: North; South

GRDC Project Code: CES2303-002RTX,