Tips & Tactics: Russian Wheat Aphid

Published: 12 Dec 2017

Russian wheat aphid is established in Australia. Monitor carefully and manage where needed.

Russian wheat aphid (RWA) (Photo 1) can damage cereal crops and reduce yields. Growers should implement the “FITE” strategy (Find, Identify, Threshold approach and Enact) and report any incursions.

Key Points

  • Russian wheat aphid (RWA) is a high priority pest but it is manageable.
  • The pest was found in Australia in 2016. The first case was identified in a wheat crop in South Australia’s Mid North, and infestations now stretch into Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
  • Russian wheat aphid survives on a wide range of host plants and can reproduce rapidly.
  • Implement the FITE strategy (Find, Identify, Threshold approach, Enact), see page 2.
  • Report suspected sightings to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881.
  • Do not spray where pests are not present or are present in low numbers.
  • GRDC and partners are conducting ongoing research and providing information and advice to growers as it becomes available.

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