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New biocontrol solution for sustainable management of weed impacts to agricultural profitability

Vitelli, J. S., Day, M. D., Dhileepan, K., Sathyamurthy, R., Morin, L., Mcconnachie, A., Kwong, R. and Lefoe, G. (2020) New biocontrol solution for sustainable management of weed impacts to agricultural profitability. Project Report. AgriFutures.


Article Link: https://agrifutures.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020...


This project aimed to develop biocontrol agents for the control of ten weeds of importance in Australia. Five of these weeds are Weeds of National Significance (WoNS): cabomba, Sagittaria, prickly acacia, silverleaf nightshade and African boxthorn. Fleabane and sowthistle have become major weeds of cropping land while mother-of-millions and giant rat’s tail grass impact on grazing land. The final weed, ox-eye daisy is becoming a serious environmental weed in crown land.
Biocontrol agents, when released and established in the Australian environment, will benefit primary producers through the general landscape level reduction in weed pressures on rangelands, croplands and water assets, thereby enabling better integrated weed management outcomes. Farmers directly affected by the weeds targeted with these new biocontrol agents will see a gradual reduction in their control costs, as the released agents build-up their populations and cause increasing damage on the weeds.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:Open access Rural R&D for Profit program final report Rural R&D for Profit Program project - 15-02-005
Keywords:Final report AgTech AgriTech
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Science > Invasive Species > Plants
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Impact assessment
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Eradication and containment
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Weed ecology
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural conservation
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Conservation of natural resources
Live Archive:08 Mar 2023 23:06
Last Modified:15 Mar 2023 01:13

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