iMapPESTS is led by Hort Innovation, through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, with funding from 17 partner organisations

The sentinelS

The prototype sentinel features specialised trapping equipment and technology:

·2 spore samplers: high volume air samplers, specifically designed to collect airborne spores

·2 metre insect suction trap: to monitor localised insect dynamics

·6 metre insect suction trap: ideally suited to monitor for long-distance migratory insect flights

 

A key feature of the sentinel is its ability to provide localised information that impacts a specific region, which may not apply to growing regions in other parts of the country. The iMapPESTS team is testing the prototype sentinel in-field across Australia's growing regionsin South Australia. A suite of sentinels, composed of various smart surveillance tools will be rolled out over the lifetime of the project, Sentinel 2 and 3 will be launched in the growing regions around Adelaide during Autumn.

Where is the sentinel?

We've recently completed a trial of the sentinel at Nuriootpa, where we were looking for these targets...

Black leg of canola

Botrytis grey mould

Black spot

Septoria

Green peach aphid

Bird cherry oat aphid

Russian wheat aphid

Noctuid moths (NM)