BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Jan 17 00:59:46 CET 2008

TRAVEL TIME: Groups or individuals wishing to pursue travel that may benefit
the Australian grains industry are invited to apply for financial assistance
through a GRDC Travel Award.


Applications are assessed twice a year and the closing date for the next
round is February 29, 2008 for travel between June 2008 and January 2009.


The GRDC values the dissemination and communication of knowledge gained from
the experience offered by the Travel Awards.


Applicants must use the GRDC's Word 2000 Travel Award template which is
available from HYPERLINK "http://www.grdc.com.au/"www.grdc.com.au

Contact: GRDC Contracts Coordinator, Tel 02 6166 4500


HEAT ON CANOLA PEST: According to GRDC-supported DAFWA entomologist Svetlana
Micic, vegetable beetle, Gonoceplalum misellum, known to be a pest of summer
grown crops, can also be an economic pest of winter grown canola.


Previously not considered a pest of canola, the vegetable beetle was
observed to chew stems and growing points of emerging canola at the three to
five leaf stage in southern WA during the 2006 season.


Ms Micic said that a laboratory based study supported field observations
that there was a correlation between temperature and feeding.


The vegetable beetle is most likely to be a pest when temperatures are above
15oC and there are no other feed sources.


Beetle larvae, also known as false wireworms, are not known to cause damage
to crops during the winter growing season.

Contact: Svetlana Micic, Tel 08 9892 8444


 Authorised by Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)

 and issued on its behalf by

Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122



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