Integrated Aphid Advisory Alert

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Integrated Aphid Advisory Alert

Suction-traps managed by Rothamsted Research and SASA have been providing data of value in assessing aphid risk on a regional basis since 1964. Since 2004, yellow water-pan traps have been deployed by FERA to assess risk at a local level from aphids to potato, and Rothamsted Research's Broom's Barn has operated a similar scheme for assessing the risk of aphids to sugar beet. This scheme has now been taken over by BBRO. These and other less comprehensive schemes are complementary and of potential great value in relation to crops other than those which funding was intended to support. It thus makes sense to integrate outputs from these networks and to provide joint funding and a common approach to data dissemination. Thus the objectives of this project are to: 1) provide weekly web-based information on cereal, oilseed rape, potato, vegetable, pea and other pest aphids on the basis of samples from existing suction-traps; 2) provide weekly information in autumn on numbers of cereal-colonising and bird cherry-colonising Rhopalosiphum padi (Bird cherry-oat aphid) at Rothamsted; 3) provide forecasts of the phenology and early season abundance of cereal, oilseed rape and potato aphids on the basis of samples from existing suction-traps; 4) restart a suction-trap in the Vale of York; 5) provide weekly web-based information on cereal, oilseed rape, potato, vegetable, pea and bean aphid local distribution and abundance on the basis of yellow water-pan traps and 6) integrate all of the above into weekly summary bulletins for AHDB (HGCA, PCL, HDC) and PGRO.

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