Battle waged on boneseed

Battle waged on boneseed

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IN a bid to control invasive South African weed, boneseed, Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board teams have been working tirelessly to treat infestations and stop it spreading.

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IN a bid to control invasive South African weed, boneseed, Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board teams have been working tirelessly to treat infestations and stop it spreading.

From September through to October the teams have been surveying, mapping and treating infestations large and small.

Murraylands Landscape Board District manager Kylie Moritz said the teams were working together with communities and networks to help find new infestations.

The Murraylands District Boneseed Project focused on surveying and mapping the river corridor and surrounds, Brinkley, Monarto, Murray Bridge East/Riverglades and the Mallee, treating large and small infestations and those within remnant native vegetation.

A large amount of control work on both private and Crown lands has already been completed.

Ms Moritz said having more people on the ground has enabled the teams to cover more properties and led to the discovery of new infestations, all with mature plants.

"One of the new sites was found to have boneseed across the 35 hectare property with more than 100 plants three metres in height," she said.

"Finding this large infestation is a big win for the landholder, environment and the program.

"Boneseed is now dropping its flowers and starting to set seed so control work will be a priority over the coming weeks as the boneseed program nears completion."

So far, the boneseed program has been a great success as the teams have reduced further spread, with large infestations controlled or removed.

Riverland Landscape Board District manager Hannah Spronk said the Riverland district team had been completing inspections and works on boneseed, which was follow-up work on another program.

"The project has focused on controlling the weed in areas of remnant vegetation, and identifying any infestations nearby that may pose a threat to natural assets and primary production land," she said.

Boneseed can regenerate quickly and outcompete other species, so it is vital to keep clean areas free of boneseed as once an infestation is established, preventing its spread into adjacent land should be a priority, destroying established plants now before they flower and produce seed.

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