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National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI)
The National Invertebrate Pest Initiative brings together Australian scientists to improve pest management in Australian grain crops.
26 August 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011
The National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) brings together scientists from state government departments, universities, farmer groups and CSIRO to address pest management issues in the Australian grains industry.
It is supported by growers and the Australian Federal Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Why NIPI is needed
Invertebrate pests cost Australian agriculture around A$500 million in lost production each year.
A national coordinated, collaborative approach is necessary to increase understanding of invertebrates and develop more effective and sustainable ways of managing them in Australia’s grain crops.
Through NIPI the grains industry will receive clear and consistent messages about effective invertebrate pest management.
What NIPI will do
NIPI participants have identified seven key areas for research and extension:
an integrated systems approach to a suite of establishment pests
area-wide management options for key pests
management options for diamondback moth across production landscapes
development of national integrated pest management (IPM) guidelines
training farm advisers on pest identification and IPM options
quantifying the economic impact of invertebrate pests
developing a capacity-building strategy.
NIPI coordinator Dr Gary Fitt, Deputy Chief of CSIRO Entomology, says capacity building is especially urgent because of the decline in the number of researchers and postgraduate students focused on pest issues in grains.
NIPI is starting to address the decrease in entomology students coming through the University system by providing funding for a number of post-graduate entomology students.
Achievements so far
An important initiative already in place is a free email information service alerting growers and farm advisers across southern Australia to invertebrate pest issues and solutions.
This service, PestFAX/PestFacts, is delivered by:
“Capacity building is especially urgent because of the decline in the number of researchers and postgraduate students focused on pest issues in grains.”
Dr Gary Fitt
the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA)
the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research (CESAR)
the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
It is already reaching more than 2000 subscribers across:
New South Wales
Research projects are underway in New South Wales and Victoria.
NIPI is also funding invertebrate pest identification workshops across the southern region.
Also across the southern region, NIPI funds invertebrate pest identification workshops to provide advisors and growers with the key building blocks for implementing integrated pest management (IPM). Growers are finding this a good way to find out about the pests they are dealing with when making pest management decisions.
NIPI participants include:
Read more about CSIRO research on Pest Management.