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How can we make macadamia orchards more friendly to beneficial insects?

  • An inter row insectary consists of a diverse suite of flowering plants that are either self- seeded or purposefully and selectively planted within the inter row.
  • An inter row insectary needs to be monitored and managed, however, it also requires minimal disturbance to maintain populations of beneficial arthropods (which can be done using alternate row mowing).
  • An inter row insectary can be designed, with careful plant selection, to improve farm productivity, profitability and sustainability by improving both soil health and increasing the ‘ready army’ of beneficial insects within the orchard. 

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