BioControl (2017) 62, 505-513

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Fredy Alexander Rodríguez-Cruz, Arne Janssen, Angelo Pallini, Marcus Vinícius Alfenas Duarte, Cleide Maria Ferreira Pinto and Madelaine Venzon (2017)
Development of Australian commercial producers of invertebrate biological control agents from 1971 to 2014
BioControl 62 (4), 505-513
Abstract: The Australian industry producing invertebrate biological control agents (BCAs) commercially was described for the first time through interviews with company owners, citrus pest management researchers and citrus growers. This industry started with citrus pest management in 1971. Over 40 years it expanded from one company and one commercial BCA to peak at nine companies operating from 2002 to 2010. A period of consolidation resulted in five companies producing 36 commercial BCAs in 2014. Annual gross sales were <AU$10 million compared to >AU$400 million spent on insecticides. Barriers to industry growth included high costs of developing new commercial BCAs partly due to regulatory costs associated with importation of new BCAs into Australia, and low adoption of commercial BCAs due to limited access to information and training. The industry responded to these barriers by collaborating with stakeholders to develop new commercial BCAs, and developing an accreditation scheme to build technical capacity and encourage adoption.
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Database assignments for author(s): Arne Janssen

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
evaluation - screening - selection

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Polyphagotarsonemus latus Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum)
Neoseiulus barkeri (predator) Polyphagotarsonemus latus Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum)
Amblyseius herbicolus (predator) Polyphagotarsonemus latus Green pepper/chilli (Capsicum)