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Prospects for the biological control of the weedy sporobolus grasses in Australia.

Palmer, W.A. and Yobo, K.S. and Witt, A.B.R. (2008) Prospects for the biological control of the weedy sporobolus grasses in Australia. In: Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference, 18-22 May 2008, Cairns, Queensland.

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Abstract

Bill Palmer and colleagues recently published their paper 'Prospects for the biological control of the weedy sporobolus grasses in Australia' in Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference. The paper gives a summary of a recent project to find a biological control for the weedy sporobolus grasses, which include giant rat's tail grass. Southern Africa was surveyed for potential agents and two, a leaf smut and a stem wasp, were selected for follow up studies. Unfortunately, they could not rear the stem wasp in the laboratory and the leaf smut infected four of the Australian native Sporobolus spp. and was therefore rejected. This project was one of the first attempts at biological control of a grass.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:QPIF
Additional Information:© R.G. and F.J. Richardson.
Keywords:Sporobolus grasses.
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Deposited On:26 Aug 2009 23:04
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 01:39

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