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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland, (2020) The prickly pear story. Documentation. State of Queensland.



Acknowledged as one of the greatest biological invasions of modern times, the introduction and subsequent spread of prickly pear into Queensland and New South Wales had infested millions of hectares of rural land by the 1920s, rendering it useless for agriculture. Prickly pear proved so difficult and costly to control by chemical and mechanical means that enormous areas were simply abandoned by their owners.
The eventual control of this pest, mainly by one insect and in the space of a few short years, is an amazing story that has encouraged further successful developments in the field of biological pest control.

Item Type:Monograph (Documentation)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Eradication and containment
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Weed ecology
Plant pests and diseases
Live Archive:24 Nov 2022 23:30
Last Modified:24 Nov 2022 23:30

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