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Costly weeds star in forum road-show

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Weeds are estimated to cost Australian agricultural industries around $4 billion per annum. This is a price primary industries cannot afford as they strive to increase agricultural productivity and help bring the nation through the global recession according to Land & Water Australia.

27 projects contracted through the recently completed Defeating the Weed Menace Research & Development (R&D) program aimed to identify Australia’s most threatening weeds and implement measures for their control. The outcomes of these projects will not only help to improve weed management on-ground, but will provide guidance for future national weeds research and policy direction.  

The Defeating the Weed Menace Forum held yesterday at the Australian National University in Canberra, opened by the Hon John Kerin, chair of the interim advisory Board of the Australian Weeds Research Centre, brought together natural resource and environmental management policy and program staff, conservationists, agriculturalists and scientists to listen to these latest findings and share their knowledge and concerns.  

Land & Water Australia, with support from the Australian Weeds Research Centre, will be conducting similar forums across the country in upcoming months, showcasing research outcomes from the Defeating the Weed Menace R&D program in partnership with state-based Weed Societies, in a kind of travelling weeds road-show.  

The series of knowledge-sharing forums are the culmination of the three year Defeating the Weed Menace R&D program, which was funded by the Australian Government, and managed by Land & Water Australia on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.  

Several project leaders were invited to present their key findings at yesterday’s forum. Among the research topics mentioned were managing Weeds of National Significance, managing weeds on floodplains – including future scenarios in relation to environmental flows in the Murray, and using flying robots to detect and eradicate aquatic weeds.

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