Guide to using native plants on the Northern Adelaide Plains to benefit horticulture
Current horticultural pest management systems on the Northern Adelaide Plains (NAP) rely heavily on the use of insecticides and the establishment and maintenance of bare-earth buffers around greenhouse production facilities. Apart from having a huge negative impact on biodiversity, these strategies are unsustainable due to insecticide resistance appearing in various pest insect species. The research that underpins this guide was aimed at improving the sustainability of horticultural systems through altering the environment to inhibit Western flower thrips (WFT) and other pest thrips which transmit Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). The guide contains a brief discussion of the usefulness of the native plant species with respect to horticulture, followed by information on the six steps involved in undertaking revegatation on horticultural properties. Information relevant to the management of Western flower thrips (WFT), Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) and other Thrips and Tospoviruses is included in this item.