🥑🥑Another interesting avocado project is now underway in the south west!
Curtin University PhD student, Joshua Kestel, was out in the field collecting data for the SWCC e-DNA Avocado Pollinator project recently. He used cameras to record what insects visit avocado flowers, as well as pan traps to find what insects are in the orchard.
He also collected flowers for e-DNA analysis that will be conducted by Murdoch University which will help determine what insects visited those flowers. Josh was ably assisted by his mother, Jo-Anne Kestel, and 92 year-old grandfather, Terry Kestel.
The research he does will help determine which pollinators are important for avocados.
The project is supported by the Australian Government’s #NationalLandcareProgram and runs until 2023. Field work will occur on two avocado orchards in Pemberton and Middlesex twice a year - at the beginning and end of flowering.
Read more about the project here: http://bit.ly/2rzkGpV ...