The 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
·Bioscout system: near real-time monitoring technology of fungal spores, under collaboration
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 will be launching and testing the prototype sentinel in-field in South Australia. Additional sentinels will be deployed around Australia, with a second sentinel launching in northern Queensland in February 2020.
Where is the sentinel?
We've just completed a trial of the sentinel at Hart, where we were looking for these targets...
Black leg of canola
Botrytis grey mould
Green peach aphid
Bird cherry oat aphid
Russian wheat aphid
Light Brown Apple Moth