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Understanding the mechanism behind invasion of African lovegrass

Firn, Jennifer & Buckley, Yvonne (2007) Understanding the mechanism behind invasion of African lovegrass. In Australian Tropical Pastures Conference, 2007.

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Abstract

African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) is a C4 perennial grass, native to southern Africa, that was accidentally introduced into Australia in the late 1900s as a contaminant of pasture seed. Its utility for pasture improvement and soil conservation was explored because of its recognised ability to grow in areas of low rainfall and on nutrient-poor sandy loams. Several different agronomic types have now been intentionally introduced across Australia. African lovegrass is now found in all Australian states and territories. It is a declared weed in 33 council areas of New South Wales, a declared pest plant in the ACT and Tasmania and a Regionally Prohibited Weed in 5 out of 11 regions in Victoria. Victoria has also placed it in the very serious threat category (Carr et al. 1992). In Queensland, it has yet to be declared except under local law in the Eidsvold shire (Leigh and Walton, in press).

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ID Code: 53706
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This conference paper was published in Tropical Grasslands (2007) Volume 41, 243–244
Keywords: African Lovegrass, Declared Weed, Declared Pest Plant
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 11:38

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