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Advancing prickly acacia management through the war on Western Weeds Initiative

March, N., Vogler, W. and Dhileepan, K. (2017) Advancing prickly acacia management through the war on Western Weeds Initiative. In: 14th Queensland Weed Symposium, Port Douglas.

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Abstract

Prickly acacia (Vachellia nilotica) is a landscape level weed problem affecting large areas of western Queensland and other areas of the state. Following high rainfall related mass germination events of 2010 – 2012, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) launched the War on Western Weeds (WoWW) initiative in 2013. WoWW focussed on three key areas: refining new tools and approaches; improving biosecurity systems; and, exploring biocontrol opportunities. Notable outcomes have included: refinement of misting, weed sniper and skattergun as control options; two Good Neighbour Program case studies demonstrating the practicalities of property boundary weed-free buffer zones; ecological studies as a basis for seed spread prevention actions; and, renewed biological control investigations involving searches for prospective agents in India and North Africa. Initiative results have been extended through forums, field days and publication of a decision support tool factsheet series. The increased capacity, skills, tools and motivation from the WoWW initiative are helping to achieve practical and cost-effective outcomes for prickly acacia management – helping land managers to help themselves.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Prickly acacia, Vachellia nilotica, War on Western Weeds
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Agricultural extension work
Plant pests and diseases > Weeds, parasitic plants etc
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Organic plant protection. Biological control
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Inspection. Quarantine
Deposited On:12 Jan 2018 05:58
Last Modified:12 Jan 2018 05:58

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