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Research & Development

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Adelaide University, Agrisearch Analytical, Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries are organisations commissioned to conduct efficacy trials for OCP. Currently, new products under development for registration in Australia are:

Z-TRAP

Electronic trap for  automated, real-time monitoring of insect populations in the high-value specialty crops and incursion monitoring in remote border location where frequent manual monitoring is either impractical or expensive to operate. Currently beta testing the Z-Trap for Codling moth, Oriental fruit moth, Light brown apple moth, Fruit flies and Carob moth here in Australia. For further enquires please contact head office on 1800 634 204.Z-Trap sytem can be run from Smart phone or PC using Web based Cloud mytraps software

AzaMax for food use

OCP continues to correspond with the APVMA on the issue of food use of Azadirachtin in Australia.  A positive outcome will bring Australia inline with our nearest trading partner New Zealand and the majority of other countries in the world that have registered AzaMax in food crops as a safe and effective biological insecticide. AzaMax/NeemAzal is registered in most OECD Countries including USA and the majority of European countries.

AzaMax has a multiple modes of action. It targets pests as an anti-feedant, growth regulator (IGR), repellent, and ovicide. AzaMax can be safely used in IPM systems and is also safe to pollinators. AzaMax is an effective tool in RESISTANCE MANAGEMENT due to it’s effect on specific insect hormones that regulate their sensitivity to chemical sprays.

NEMguard Organic Nematicide

It is estimated that in Australia, plant parasitic nematodes are responsible for yield losses and plant deaths to the value of $1 billion dollars. They are present in all soils and attack the root systems of most agricultural & horticultural crops. They also cause  significant plant losses in professional turf, ornamentals, amenity horticulture and home garden plants.

Management of plant parasitic nematodes requires practitioners to adopt practices that enhance soil biodiversity and by its nature keeps plant parasitic nematodes in check via natural biological control. I some situations this can be difficult or slow to implement due to the presence of remnant pesticides and low organic matter content. During the transition period nematicides may be required to keep the parasitic nematode numbers below damaging thresholds.

Most nematicides are very toxic, broad-spectrum and long lived in the soil. This has significant negative impacts on the soil biology and its biodiversity, hence long term does nothing to improve the situation. As a consequence most growers prefer not to use them. Thankfully now there is an alternative that shows great promise to control plant parasitic nematodes in a much more sustainable way.

NEMguard which is a regsitered nematicide in Europe contains an active constituent called diallyl polysulphides which is found in all allium plants, but exists in garlic in much higher levels.. The particualr garlic extract in NEMguard acts on plant parasitic nematodes at very low doses and lasts just long enough in the soil to deal with the egg and juvenile stage of the parasitic nematode. When applied to the soil it dissolve through their cuticle cuasing rapid and irreversible cellular damage.

Over the coming months OCP will be conducting numerous trials in horticultural crops and turf to generate the efficacy data package for APVMA registration.