The exotic pest – Russian wheat aphid – has been found for the first time in Australia in cereal crops in SA’s mid-north. Graingrowers and agronomists are asked to monitor emerging crops.
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Russian wheat aphid (source: PIRSA):Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) is found in all major cereal production regions around the world. It has not been previously recorded in Australia. It is a major pest of cereal crops which injects toxins into the plant during feeding, retarding growth and killing the plant.
Affected plants will show whitish, yellow and red leaf markings and rolling leaves.
Russian wheat aphid is approximately 2mm long, pale yellowish green with a fine waxy coating.
For more information about Russian wheat aphid, including a map of the affected area, go to www.pir.sa.gov.au/russianwheataphid.
Report any signs of damage or strange pest activity via the Exotic Pest Plant Hotline on 1800 084 881.