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Invertebrate pests cause problems in agriculture when the level of injury they cause reaches a point where the crop yield is significantly reduced. 

 

Pests can attack the crop through direct feeding on plant tissues or through the transmission of viruses to crop plants. 

Pest species include creatures like slugs, beetles and aphids. 

Each of the major species or group of species which are considered agricultural pests will have a topic page which will give specific details.

This page is for more general or minor pest species. 

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Integrated Pest Management highlights the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms. IPM is one of the tools for low-pesticide-input pest management, and IPM must now be implemented by all professional agchem users.

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The IPM Decisions project will create an online platform that is easy to use for the monitoring and management of pests. Access the platform now at https://platform.ipmdecisions.net/  

Pollen beetles (Meligethes aeneus) are prevalent during Spring and Summer months and are a significant pest of European oilseed rape.  

Bruchus rufimanus is a widespread pest of beans. Adults are 3.5 - 4.5 mm long, squat shaped, black or dark-bown with small grey flecks

The pea and bean weevil adults cause characteristic leaf notching around the leaf margins. The larvae can cause significant damage to the nitrogen-fixing root nodules. 

Sitobion avenae and Rhopalosiphum padi, otherwise known as the bird cherry-oat aphid, are the two main species of grain aphid.

Orange wheat blossom midge can seriously damage yield and quality of susceptible wheat varieties but it depends on whether the egg-laying adult females emerge at the time when the wheat is at the at risk growth stage. Adults are small (1.5-2.5 mm long) and are a very distinctive bright orange colour.

ADAS scientists help evidence and guide crop disease management by chemical, genetic and biological approaches. Our expertise covers all areas of disease management on the major crops. We lead multi-organisation collaborative research into disease management and preventation, as well as provide strategic consultancy.  

The Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB)  Psylliodes chrysocephala is a key pest on OSR in the UK and across the EU. They are specialist herbivores of plants in the crucifer's family.

This Innovative Farmers Field Lab investigated defoliation as a control for cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) larval populations in oilseed rape. It worked with eight farmers to look at the potential for controlling cabbage stem flea beetle by mowing and grazing OSR crops

The Peach-Potato Aphid (PPA) known as Mysus persicae is known to feed on a wide range of plants including several grown as crops.  They are known to transmit viruses to crop plants including Turnips Yellow Virus (TuYV) which can lead to yield reductions in oilseed rape.

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Slugs can be a problem for many crops and cause injury to crop plants through direct feeding. 

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Enviresearch exists to provide the best regulatory and risk assessment service in Europe for the global chemical industry.

AHDB Project PR623 - Integrated pest management of cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed

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This section is focused on the predators and parasitoids of key crop pests.

This area is for identification of pest and beneficial insects and invertebrates.

A group of farmers is investigating with Harper Adams University how trap crops such as sticky and African nightshade can be used as a biological management practice.

BYDV is spread by aphids onto cereal crops.

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