Industry and government are coming together to run two workshops to discuss significant pest and disease issues that are affecting vegetables and melons in Ayr, Gumlu and surrounding regions.

Ayr: Tuesday 20 July, 3-5pm AEST | Ayr Research Facility (or online via Zoom)
Gumlu: Wednesday 21 July, 3-5pm AEST | Gumlu Tavern (or online via Zoom)

The following experts in their field will present on a range of threats that have arrived or are potentially about to. Topics include:

Chemical developments in insect control.

  • Andrew Burrows (FMC)
  • Courtney Richards (Nufarm)
  • Nicholas Matthews (Bayer)
  • Trent Johnson (Syngenta)

Fall armyworm: opportunities for integrated management – Siva Subramaniam (DAF).

Food safety in vegetables and melons – SP Singh (NSW DPI).

Tospoviruses and mosaic viruses in capsicums and melons – Denis Persley (DAF).

General biosecurity obligation and hitchhiker pests – Ceri Pearce (DAF).

Varroa & bee diseases – Rebecca Laws (DAF).

Serpentine and vegetable leafminer – Callum Fletcher (AUSVEG).


Please RSVP for these events whether you’re attending in person or online:

For more info, contact Callum Fletcher on 0423 453 577 or at