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Bitou bush and boneseed eradication and containment in Australia

Cherry, H., Willsher, L. and Whyte, B. (2008) Bitou bush and boneseed eradication and containment in Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly, 23 (1). pp. 38-40.


Article Link: https://caws.org.nz/PPQ2324/PPQ%2023-1%20pp038-40%...


Bitou bush and boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata (DC.) T.Norl. and C. monilifera subsp. monilifera (L.) T.Norl., respectively) are highly invasive environmental weeds that pose a serious threat to Australia’s natural ecosystems and biota. Bitou bush threatens coastal plant communities in New South Wales (NSW), eastern Victoria and southeast Queensland (Qld), while boneseed threatens inland and coastal native plant communities across NSW, South Australia (SA), Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia (WA). Over 200 plant species and ecological communities in Australia are negatively impacted by these weeds (ARMCANZ et al. 2000, DEC 2006) and over 15% (approx. 120 million ha) of Australia is susceptible to invasion (see maps in Weiss et al 2008).

In 2000, the National Bitou Bush and Boneseed Strategic Plan (ARMCANZ et al. 2000) was approved as part of the Commonwealth’s Weeds of National Significance initiative. A key goal of this plan is to prevent the spread of bitou bush and boneseed in Australia. A national program sponsored by the Australian Government and the affected states has resulted in the development of national containment and eradication zones that prevent the spread of bitou bush and boneseed. This paper presents an overview of these bitou bush and boneseed containment and eradication programs.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© Plant Protection Quarterly.
Keywords:Bitou bush; boneseed; Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata (DC.) T.Norl; C. monilifera subsp. monilifera (L.) T.Norl.; containment; eradication.
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Eradication and containment
Live Archive:13 Jan 2009 06:30
Last Modified:28 Oct 2021 04:10

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