Prickly pear

Seabrook, Leonie and McAlpine, Clive (2010) Prickly pear. Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes, 2009-2010 .

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Author Seabrook, Leonie
McAlpine, Clive
Title Prickly pear
Journal name Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes
ISSN 1838-708X
Publication date 2010-10-25
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 2009-2010
Total pages 1 article
Editor Peter Spearritt
Marion Stell
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 270704 Landscape Ecology
Original Creative Work - Other
Formatted abstract
The introduction and spread of exotic plant and animal species in Australia has impacted on the environment, native biodiversity and local communities, transforming the landscape. The most widespread invasive weed in Queensland was a group of cactus species from the Americas, collectively known as prickly pear. At its peak in 1925, prickly pear covered 24 million hectares of Queensland and New South Wales. Communities and governments despaired of being able to control this weed. In the 1920s, the Queensland Prickly Pear Land Commission stated,
It will never be known – not even remotely – what the pear pest has cost the State. Revenue, homes, and even lives, of all it has taken its toll. In place of well-kept farms, of prosperous homes, and of contented people, one sees all around the desolating blight of pear.
Given the uncontrollable spread of prickly pear, its eradication in less than decade through use of biological controls was spectacularly successful.
Copyright © Leonie Seabrook and Clive McAlpine, 2010
Keyword Acclimatisation
Cane toad
Invasive weeds
Prickly pear
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Date created: 25 October, 2010.

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