Beneficial insects can be broadly defined as pollinators, predatory mites, predatory beetles and parasitoids. Agricultural chemicals can often have a negative impact on these beneficial species. The effects of these agrichemicals may be different for different insect groups.
Cherry Growers Australia, the Australian Table Grape Association, and Summerfruit Australia Limited have worked to create a guide for chemical selection which also considers the undesired impact of chemicals on beneficial populations.
The information collated examines the effect of a selection of chemicals on beneficials, with data gathered from a range of sources.
This project was funded through the Victorian Government’s Food to Market program.
Version 2 is valid as at October 2023.