• Generation of data for pesticide applications in horticulture crops 2018
  • ST17000
  • Peracto
  • Jodie Pedrana – Hort Innovation


The generation of pesticide residue, efficacy and crop safety data is required to support label registration and minor use permit applications made to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) which, when approved, provide access to safe and effective chemicals for the management of pests, weeds and diseases.

In May 2018, Hort Innovation announced the securing of more than $1 million in assistance grants under the Federal Government’s Access to Industry Uses of Agricultural and Veterinary (Agvet) Chemicals program. This funding is being used, along with levy contributions, to generate the data required for a range of registration and minor use applications across a variety of horticulture crops.

For the rubus industry, this investment will support a Bayer DC-163 label registration application for the control of cluster caterpillar, heliothis, leafroller moths, light brown apple moth, loopers, monolepta beetle and red-shouldered leaf beetle in both raspberries and blackberries.

Separate to the grant funding, the project will also support a Bayer label registration application for Infinito (propamcarb + fluopicolide) for the control of downy mildew in raspberries and blackberries, plus a new permit application for the use of flonicamid in the berries, for the control of green vegetable bug, green stink bug, harlequin bug, Rutherglen bug, mirids, apple dimpling bug, jassids, leafhoppers and aphids.



These chemicals have been identified as priorities for Raspberry & Blackberry growers through the SARP.

The minor use program through Hort Innovation, initiated the Strategic Agrochemical Review Process (SARP) to give strategic direction to the minor use program investments and have also played a pivotal role in the successful development and delivery of the Plant Industries AgChem Access Priorities Annual Forum.

Increasing access to agricultural chemicals is the focus of the AgChem Access Priorities Forum (Forum), a collaborative process that has been held for the past four years. The forums are funded by plant-based Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) and CropLife Australia. The Forum aims to promote information sharing, industry prioritisation and coinvestment opportunities for supporting applications for AgChem uses. The Forum held in October 2018 was the fourth time the forum has been run and was again successful in facilitating interaction between the RDC’s, users of AgChem technologies and Chemical Companies.

At the Forums, plant-based RDCs, APVMA and commercial chemical registrants come together to deliver a cross-industry agreed list of priority needs and solutions for uses of agricultural chemicals. Each plant-based RDC, in consultation with industry, puts forward the top five pest priorities for which chemical solutions are sought for each crop. Chemical registrants have the opportunity to suggest solutions and comment on options proposed by industry. The Forum facilitates discussion between industry representatives and chemical registrants, where opportunities to improve access to agricultural chemicals can be identified.

This review process provides horticulture industries with sound pesticide options for the future that the industry can pursue for registration with the chemical companies, or minor-use permits with APVMA for clearly identified crop protection needs.

The raspberry and blackberry industry SARP was last updated in 2016. This SARP process will identify and update diseases, insect pests and weeds of major concern to the raspberry and blackberry industry. Against these threats, available registered or permitted pesticides will be evaluated for overall suitability in terms of IPM, resistance, residues, withholding period, efficacy, trade, human safety and environmental issues. Where tools were unavailable or unsuitable, the process aimed to identify potential future solutions.

The purpose of the 2020 SARP survey is to identify the Raspberry and Blackberry Industry’s priorities and provide comment on priority pests (diseases, insects & weeds).

Prioritisation of the major pests into high, moderate and low categories will identify the Raspberry and Blackberry Industry’s priorities and help determine the highest priority gaps in the raspberry and blackberry pest control strategy.

If you have any questions about the SARP survey please contact:
Doug McCollum, E: doug@agkservices.com.au

The Hort Innovation R&D Manager of Strategic Crop Protection is:
Jodie Pedrana, E: jodie.pedrana