Biological weed control

The Weed Biological Control Unit of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is involved in all current research on the biological control of weeds across Tasmania. Targeted weeds include gorse, ragwort, horehound, spear thistle, slender and nodding thistles, English broom, Montpellier (Cape) broom and boneseed.

Current work programs

  • Host specificity testing, introduction, mass rearing, establishment and dispersal of weed biological control agents
  • Studies on agent biology and efficacy
  • Investigation of methods to incorporate biological agents into integrated weed management strategies
  • Promoting the use of weed biological control agents in integrated weed management strategies
  • Development of weed biological control portal in the Atlas of Living Australia, for more information on portal see: Instruction Pamphlet for Weed Biological Control Portal (PDF 1.6MB)
  • Liaison with national and international organisations, local weed experts and weed management groups.

For information on biological weed control programs see:
Weeds of pastures and field crops in Tasmania: economic impacts and biological control (PDF 1.6MB) Technical Series no. 13, CRC for Australian Weed Management, Adelaide.

Information on specific weed biological control and the agents released in Tasmania