The Lepidoptera WG was formed in 2010 and incorporates the previous Codling Moth and Diamide Working Groups. As with the Sucking Pest and Coleoptera teams, it is recognised that the WG will have a broad remit given the potential range of crops and pests but again, by focussing on specific areas, it is planned to deliver appropriate IRM strategies.
Lepidoptera Team Objectives
- Maintain currency of the global IRM guidelines based on new experiences and new active ingredients
- Re focus support of country IRAC Lepidoptera working groups to reach higher IRM levels
- Hasten company participation and compliance within country Lepidoptera working groups to communicate MoA, implement IRM strategies, and align IRM label language
- Create baseline insect susceptibility data for future data comparisons
- Influence registration/ government authorities
- Educational programs
The application of an insecticide to the soil, either as a seed treatment or as a direct application, is designed to either control soil borne insect pests or provide systemic control of pests above the ground. The general principles of resistance management apply to seed and soil treatments, as with foliar applied insecticides, however there are some additional factors that should be considered as outlined the the latest statement from IRAC titled: IRAC International statement on the resistance management considerations of utilizing soil & seed applied insecticides
The new IRAC leaflet has been designed in conjunction with CropLife International providing growers with essential information on insect resistance management and the significant benefits for growers. The leaflet is in English at the moment but an editable version will be available shortly so that it can be translated into the local languages and targeted for specific countries and sectors.