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Acacia nilotica ssp. indica (L.) Willd. ex Del. (Mimosaceae)

Dhileepan, K. (2009) Acacia nilotica ssp. indica (L.) Willd. ex Del. (Mimosaceae). In: Biological control of tropical weeds using arthropods. Chapter 2. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 17-37.

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Organisation URL: http://www.cup.es/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521877916

Abstract

Prickly acacia, a Weed of National Significance or WONS, is a serious problem in Queensland particularly the Mitchell grass downs where it was once planted to provide shade for livestock. The chapter summarises current knowledge about the taxonomy, biology, distribution, ecology, impacts and biological control of the weed. Queensland has been trying to achieve biological control of prickly acacia since 1980 when it began foreign exploration in Pakistan. Since then further exploration was undertaken in Kenya, South Africa and presently India. Six insects have been released in Queensland but only two of these are established. Greater emphasis is being placed on climate matching, plant response to herbivory and genotype matching in present work and it is hoped that this approach will allow more rigorous evaluations of agent performance and better understanding of reasons for success or failure of agents.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:© Cambridge University Press.
Keywords:Biological Control; genotype; tropical weeds.
Subjects:Science > Botany
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Deposited On:12 Jun 2009 02:47
Last Modified:09 Jun 2011 23:57

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