Communique - Russian wheat aphid

8 June 2016

The National Management Group (NMG), comprising all Australian governments, Grain Producers Australia and Plant Health Australia, met on 8 June 2016 to discuss the incursion of Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia) in South Australia.

Acting on advice from the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP), the NMG agreed that it is not technically feasible to eradicate Russian wheat aphid from Australia.

The NMG agreed that a national management plan for Russian wheat aphid be developed to manage the pest in Australia. The plan will include a range of elements such as immediate control options, training to promote early detection and best practice management, as well as research and development to provide longer term control options. Plant Health Australia has initiated the development of the plan and will work with Grain Producers Australia, state and territory governments and research bodies to deliver critical activities.

The NMG noted that there are no expected trade restrictions for the export of grain or other commodities to overseas markets.

Further information on the South Australian response to Russian wheat aphid can be found on PIRSA’s website. Additional information on Russian wheat aphid can be found on Plant Health Australia’s website.