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    13064: Control of significant outlier infestations of strategically important Weeds of National Significance

    Treating Red-flower prickly pear on Wydgee Station. Courtesy Andrew Reeves, Department of Agriculture and Food WA.
    Treating Red-flower prickly pear on Wydgee Station. Courtesy Andrew Reeves, Department of Agriculture and Food WA.

    This project aims to contain a population of Red-flower prickly pear (Opuntia elatior) on a small creek-line on Wydgee Station in the Murchison.

    It's the only known infestation of this species in WA.

    A Weed of National Significance, Red-flower prickly pear is spread by bird-dispersed seeds and can form dense thickets of fleshy segments.

    There are currently no biological control options for the weed. This project will test different chemical formulations and utilise the most appropriate treatment to control the weed before it becomes widespread and established.

    Investment: $ 40 000
    Delivery organisation: Rangelands Fibre and Produce Association
    Project duration: January 2014 - December 2014
    Location: Wydgee Station, Mt Magnet Shire, Murchison Region
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