Weeds of Australian rangelands

Martin, Tara G., Campbell, Shane and Grounds, Simone (2006) Weeds of Australian rangelands. The Rangeland Journal, 28 1: 3-26. doi:10.1071/rj06017


Author Martin, Tara G.
Campbell, Shane
Grounds, Simone
Title Weeds of Australian rangelands
Journal name The Rangeland Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-9872
1834-7541
Publication date 2006-05-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/rj06017
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 26
Total pages 24
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Despite recognition that non-native plant species represent a substantial risk to natural systems, there is currently no compilation of weeds that impact on the biodiversity of the rangelands within Australia. Using published and expert knowledge, this paper presents a list of 622 non-native naturalised species known to occur within the rangelands. Of these, 160 species (26%) are considered a current threat to rangeland biodiversity. Most of these plant species have been deliberately introduced for forage or other commercial use (e.g. nursery trade). Among growth forms, shrubs and perennial grasses comprise over 50% of species that pose the greatest risk to rangeland biodiversity. We identify regions within the rangelands containing both high biodiversity values and a high proportion of weeds and recommend these areas as priorities for weed management. Finally, we examine the resources available for weed detection and identification since detecting weeds in the early stages of invasion is the most cost effective method of reducing further impact.
Keyword Biodiversity impact
Exotic
Management
Non-native
Pastoral
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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