The Lepidoptera WG was formed in 2010 and incorporates the previous Codling Moth and Diamide Working Groups. As with the Sucking Pest and Coleoptera teams, it is recognised that the WG will have a broad remit given the potential range of crops and pests but again, by focussing on specific areas, it is planned to deliver appropriate IRM strategies.
Lepidoptera Team Objectives
- Maintain currency of the global IRM guidelines based on new experiences and new active ingredients
- Re focus support of country IRAC Lepidoptera working groups to reach higher IRM levels
- Hasten company participation and compliance within country Lepidoptera working groups to communicate MoA, implement IRM strategies, and align IRM label language
- Create baseline insect susceptibility data for future data comparisons
- Influence registration/ government authorities
- Educational programs
Latest Lepidoptera Team News
In South Africa, it will be critically important to have a harmonised approach to IRM for FAW across the industry and across technologies. This approach should combine a clear and simple structured refuge policy which does not confuse growers between the requirements for FAW and maize stalk borers in South Africa, and which enables a high grower compliance. There are several commercialised Bt-products in South Africa which are very similar. This approach is in the best interests of the seed industry, growers and South African consumers. The new guidelines have now been published on the IRAC website.
A video from CropLife International and the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) that explains the importance of mode of action as the basis for effective and sustainable resistance management to preserve the utility and diversity of available insecticides and acaricides. The video can be viewed in English or watch it in Spanish, Mandarin or Portuguese.