NORTHERN NSW macadamia farmers have known for years that Richard Llewellyn of BioResources Pty Ltd is a winner.
Now his tireless research and fieldwork on biological control of insect pests has won the admiration of the Australian horticultural industry.
In appreciation of his efforts, the Australian Macadamia Industry nominated him for the Graham Gregory Award and, at the recent Horticulture Australia awards dinner in Sydney, Richard was presented with this prestigious prize for 2012.
The award recognises outstanding achievement from all sectors of the horticulture industry, throughout the whole supply chain
Richard has been developing biological control agents and biological control mass rearing systems for use in horticulture for 30 years.
In recent times Richard has become well known for his work in the macadamia industry which now releases a tiny wasp known as 'MacTrix' commercially to control macadamia nutborer. The tiny wasp is now a mainstream input in the macadamia industry, and has had a significant impact on how the crop is grown.
This commercial application of nearly a decade of research had led to the development of one of the most professional and complex uses of integrated pest management by any horticultural industry.
His bioresources.com.au website is well known in horticultural circles in the Northern Rivers for the excellent information about pests and beneficial insects.
One grower said provides a never-ending source of educational information on pest and beneficial invertebrate species. His excellent photographs fast-tracked our identification skills and understanding of insect life cycles.
Another excellent reference is goodbugs.org.au, The Good Bug website.
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