Display name John Wightman First name John Last name Wightman email@example.com Role Research Manager Country Australia Organisation International Pest Management, Australian Farming Infrastructure Group Area of Research Biology, Monitoring, Surveillance and Scouting; Biological Control; Cultural Control and Agro-ecology Management; Environmentally Safe Pesticides and Pesticide Risk Management Describe your research
Advisory extension role based on previous international experience Specialist support to developers of an advanced light trap Can lessons learned 30 years ago contribute to reducing the impact of the fall army worm Spodoptera frugiperda in Africa and India? John A Wightman Abstract Outlook on Agriculture 2018, Vol. 47(4) 259–269 sagepub.com/journals-permissions DOI: 10.1177/0030727018814849 journals.sagepub.com/home/oag
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The enhancement of multiple natural control processes is the key factor in the long term management of FAW - than goodness for CABI. This is easy to say but less easy to achieve - we are talking about a global problem. Generic issues, yes, but my experience as published is transferable across political borders and species. Positive actions = ensuring that natural enemies such as ladybirds and insectivorous birds are retained in the farm environment during the cropping season and the dry season - bird perches... refuges (an off season home for the preds and pars) = allow weeds to grow around the field ...discourage the destruction of hedges and tree large trees, encourage tree planting and co-cropping with locally adapted legume crops... Speak strongly and rationally about not applying conventional insecticides, encourage suitable Bt and virus applications... There are suction traps that use a light source to bring in adults Cheers John Wightman
December 21, 2020
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