This new management tool for Crofton weed will complement the current eradication plan for other weeds on the island and assist in ensuring that the World Heritage-listed site maintains the integrity of its status.
Crofton weed (Ageratina adenophora) poses a serious environmental threat to agricultural grazing and natural bush lands, including 150 reserves across New South Wales.
CSIROs research has focused on a rust fungus, Baeodromus eupatorii, from Mexico, to boost the biological control of Crofton weed in Australia.
The Crofton weed rust fungus infects the young leaves and stems of the plant, stunting development and disrupting its ability to reproduce.
15) For example, crofton weed, which originated in Latin America, spread into Yunnan province in the 1940s.
These losses are caused by the invasion of pests such as Loblolly Pine Mealybug (Oracella acuta), American white moth and giant African snails; and weeds like crofton weed, mile-a-minute weed, alligator weed, ragweed, smooth cord-grass, siam weed and water hyacinth.
For example, crofton weed can occupy more than 90 per cent of grassland within three years of invasion.
For example, crofton weed, now widely found in Southwest China, has caused the disappearance and extinction of the indigenous plantation.
Sticky snakeroot, Mexican devil or Crofton weed call it what you want - since the early 1900s this weed has been causing grief in Australia.
The tenacious and troublesome Crofton weed (Ageratina adenophora), as it is commonly known, has been running rampant in eastern coastal Australia since it escaped from being an ornamental plant in Sydney gardens.
Crofton weed is a serious environmental weed that has invaded agricultural lands as well as 150 reserves in NSW managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
The new biological control agent is a rust fungus that originates from Mexico (where Crofton weed is native) and works by infecting the young leaves and stems of the plant, stunting development and disrupting its ability to reproduce.