Weed Solutions

  • 24 pages

  • Published: 2 Aug 2011

  • Author(s): Inall, Cox, RIRDC

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Weed Solutions is an information magazine for the RIRDC-managed National Weeds and Productivity Research Program.

Weeds create many costly challenges for Australia’s agricultural and forest industries and have a significant impact on the natural environment. These challenges require us to continue to improve our knowledge of weeds and to adopt practices that prevent, mitigate or adapt to invasive weeds. The National Weeds and Productivity Research Program plays a valuable role in developing the information and resources that will enable Australia to better manage invasive weeds. The program is managed by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).

Research projects include the development of technology to kill weeds with microwaves; crush weed seeds such as annual ryegrass during grain harvest; and detect weeds from un-manned aerial vehicles fitted with hyperspectral remote sensing cameras. Extensive testing both here and overseas is identifying potential biological control agents. Several projects explore the possible impact of climate change on the distribution of weeds, and the attitude of land managers to weed control.