Australia concerns rise as world’s worst wheat pest arrives

Increased sightings of the Russian wheat aphid, considered the world’s worst wheat pest, in South Australia has raised concerns, but experts feel there is no cause to panic.

It is not yet clear how the Russian aphid, which has aability to devastate cereal crops, found its way to Australia, but it has now appeared at several properties .

Scientists are of the view that it can be conrolled through spraying, but also has the potential to severaly impact Australia’s gain belt stretching across states of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The economic impact could also be severe in a year when Australia is hoping to produce a strong wheat crop, most of which it exports.

 

 

 

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