Russian wheat aphid
The presence of Russian wheat aphid was confirmed in Victoria in 2016. In 2017 cesar and SARDI will be undertaking monitoring and providing the latest information and updates on Russian wheat aphid activity. To access the latest information visit:
- PestFacts south-eastern, cesar
- PestNotes, Russian wheat aphid, the South Australian Research and Development institute (SARDI) and cesar
Locations where Russian wheat aphid was confirmed in 2016 are detailed on this map:
In Victoria, 48 crop samples were confirmed for RWA infestation:
- 44 confirmed samples in an area bounded by Edenhope, Stawell, Bendigo, Echuca, Swan Hill, Manangatang, Patchewollock and the South Australian border
- One sample to the west of Ararat; one sample to the west of Daylesford; one sample to the west of Werribee; and one sample to the south of Inverleigh (west of Geelong).
Authorities are also responding to the detection of this pest in South Australia.
The National Management Group agreed on 8 June 2016 that it is not technically feasible to eradicate Russian wheat aphid from Australia.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have issued an emergency permit (82792) for growers to control Russian wheat aphid.
A new permit has been issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for growers to control Russian wheat aphid during seed treatment over winter.
This fact sheet includes treatment advice:
Victorian grain growers should be vigilant and follow good on-farm biosecurity practices.
- Plant Health Australia has information on the Russian wheat aphid including photos and reporting details
- Grains Research and Development Corporation
- Information on the South Australian response to the detection of Russian wheat aphid.
- The Farm Biosecurity website contains a guide for grain growers regarding good on-farm practices.
The content on this page was last reviewed and current in May 2017.