The need for speed: Timely prevention of the dispersal of noxious weeds in relief fodder using efficient sampling procedures

Weller, Sandra, Florentine, Singarayer, Sillitoe, James, Grech, Charles, McLaren, David and Chauhan, Bhagirath Singh (2015) The need for speed: Timely prevention of the dispersal of noxious weeds in relief fodder using efficient sampling procedures. Crop Protection, 70 1: 21-27. doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2014.12.014


Author Weller, Sandra
Florentine, Singarayer
Sillitoe, James
Grech, Charles
McLaren, David
Chauhan, Bhagirath Singh
Title The need for speed: Timely prevention of the dispersal of noxious weeds in relief fodder using efficient sampling procedures
Journal name Crop Protection   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0261-2194
1873-6904
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cropro.2014.12.014
Open Access Status
Volume 70
Issue 1
Start page 21
End page 27
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Invasive and noxious weeds are well known as a pervasive problem, imposing significant economic burdens on all areas of agriculture. Whilst there are multiple possible pathways of weed dispersal in this industry, of particular interest to this discussion is the unintended dispersal of weed seeds within fodder. During periods of drought or following natural disasters such as wild fire or flood, there arises the urgent need for ‘relief’ fodder to ensure survival and recovery of livestock. In emergency situations, relief fodder may be sourced from widely dispersed geographic regions, and some of these regions may be invaded by an extensive variety of weeds that are both exotic and detrimental to the intended destination for the fodder. Pasture hay is a common source of relief fodder and it typically consists of a mixture of grassy and broadleaf species that may include noxious weeds. When required urgently, pasture hay for relief fodder can be cut, baled, and transported over long distances in a short period of time, with little opportunity for prebaling inspection. It appears that, at the present time, there has been little effort towards rapid testing of bales, post-baling, for the presence of noxious weeds, as a measure to prevent dispersal of seeds. Published studies have relied on the analysis of relatively small numbers of bales, tested to destruction, in order to reveal seed species for identification and enumeration. The development of faster, more reliable, and non-destructive sampling methods is essential to increase the fodder industry's capacity to prevent the dispersal of noxious weeds to previously unaffected locales.
Keyword Emergency relief fodder
Invasive weed seed dispersa
Non destructive bale testing
Rapid fodder quality assessment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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