African lovegrass in Australia: A valuable pasture species or embarrassing invader?

Firn, Jennifer (2009) African lovegrass in Australia: A valuable pasture species or embarrassing invader?. Tropical Grasslands, 43 2: 86-97.

Author Firn, Jennifer
Title African lovegrass in Australia: A valuable pasture species or embarrassing invader?
Journal name Tropical Grasslands   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0049-4763
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 86
End page 97
Total pages 12
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD Australia
Publisher Tropical Grassland Society of Australia
Language eng
Abstract For almost 100 years, Eragrostis curvula (African or weeping lovegrass), a C(4) perennial grass native to southern Africa, has been sown throughout Australia for pasture improvement and soil conservation. Although easy to establish, particularly in regions of low productivity, it has been found to be unpalatable, low in nutritional value and difficult to contain. Despite the occurrence of significant populations of African lovegrass across Australia, it has not been declared a weed in all regions. In this paper, research within Australia and overseas is summarised to illustrate the invasive nature of this species and to highlight the urgent need for a coordinated effort to better manage existing populations. Research and management efforts need to focus on developing guidelines to reduce African lovegrass populations by either replacing it with more desirable species or increasing its palatability and nutritive value. Urgent action must be taken to reduce further spread.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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