Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Potatoes, Insect pests, Insect control, Naupactus leucoloma, Heteronychus arator, Biological control agents, Integrated control, Western Australia

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One of the more difficult aspects of growing potatoes in Western Australia is controlling soil insect pests. These pests have become more troublesome because the highly effective and persistent organochlorine insecticides previously used to control the main soil pests, African black beetle and whitefringed weevil, were deregistered for agricultural use in 1987. Entomologists from the Department of Agriculture and CSIRO in Western Australia are collaborating to develop new management strategies for these pests that rely less on the use of chemical insecticides