QDAF - Weed Biocontrol (RnD4Profit-15-02-005)


Sub project of RnD4Profit1502005 The project will improve the longterm profitability of primary producers by developing novel biocontrol solutions that will reduce the recurrent costs of weed control for farmers affected by the target weeds. This subproject will focus on two weeds of importance to many different agricultural sectors, including small industries, in Australia. These are: Prickly Acacia Giant Rat's Tail Grass


Weeds Biocontrol

Research Organisation

The State of Queensland acting through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Objective Summary

Successful identification, development and release of biocontrol options, either on their own, or in integration with other management practices, that will assist with the control of the target weeds Prickly Acacia and Giant Rat's Tail Grass. The expected achievements of the project: Characterisation of invasion pathways of the target weeds and identity of new agents through the application of advanced molecular techniques; Geographic projections of potential distribution (in native and invaded ranges) and impacts (in invaded range) of new agents to control the target weeds through the use of big databased bioclimatic/species distribution modelling techniques; Development of new biocontrol agents deemed safe for release into Australia, to facilitate adoption of biocontrol solutions for the target weeds; Deployment of biocontrol agents (once approved for release) and explorations of suitable ways to integrate novel biocontrol solutions with other onfarm and offfarm weed management techniques, to facilitate integrated weed management in primary production of the target weeds. Ongoing stakeholder engagement through the following channels: o short RDC magazine articles o sixmonthly updates to relevant RDCs and industry stakeholders, including project partners o field days o other extension opportunities that may arise during the course of the project.

Project Code


Project Stage


Project Start Date

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Project Completion Date

Monday, June 15, 2020

Journal Articles From Project

Not Available

National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority


National Priority

WBC-Weeds Biocontrol