Hort Innovation has funded a new project Co-developing and extending integrated Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) management systems for the Australian vegetable industry (VG20003), which will support the rapid co-development of an integrated fall armyworm (FAW) management strategy.

The project will deliver better outcomes for those regions currently affected by fall armyworm, as well as for those regions that may experience an incursion in the future.

This investment seeks to provide the support needed by the Bowen, Burdekin, Gumlu and Lockyer Valley vegetable industries, their advisory networks, support industries and researchers to capture, develop and use their experience of managing FAW on-farm in 20/21 and 21/22 seasons.

Through this investment, the vegetable industry will work closely with researchers to identify management gaps and trial a range of strategies on-farm.

Outcomes from these trials will be shared with the Australian vegetable industry and will inform future fall armyworm research investments.

This investment will work closely with project Identifying potential parasitoids of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, and the risk to Australian horticulture (MT19015).

For more innovation email communications@horticulture.com.au.