Australian farmers can look forward to some exciting new developments in
weed research with the funding of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Australian Weed Management.
The new CRC, to be based in Adelaide, replaces the highly successful CRC for Weed Management Systems and involves expanded partnership arrangements including universities, CSIRO, State and Federal Departments, GRDC and the private sector.
In January 2001, the Federal Government committed $2.9 million per annum to the new Weed CRC to carry through to 2008. In addition, the GRDC has committed up to $750,000 for agreed programs.
Chief Executive Officer of the CRC, Associate Professor Rick Roush, said the Centre would focus on domestic weeds and also do weed risk assessments of plants which are not yet in Australia but pose a major threat, and also assessments of 'sleepers' which are present but not yet widespread.
Of particular interest to the grains industry will be the CRC's:
- emphasis on increasing the weed competitiveness of crops by identifying, early in breeding programs, the traits that make one crop more competitive than another
- research into novel weed control mechanisms, including biological control of wild radish, a vigorous weed posing a major threat to the canola industry
- increased attention to mechanical weed control mechanisms with work to be undertaken at the University of Queensland and Agriculture WA
- continued research into herbicide resistance including risk assessment and modelling to try to predict future problems and how to address them.
Program 3.3.2 Contact: Associate Professor Rick Roush 08 8303 6590