Category: weeds

Stealing into Australia: our new pests, year-by-year

As long as Australia has weak biosecurity laws dangerous new environmental invaders will continue to steal into our country. They come in many forms, as weedy garden species, hidden in cargo ships or even brought in and sold as ‘pets’. In the invasion timeline below we’ve listed new invasive species we know have been found…

Kirsha Kaechele has created an intriguing, challening and thought-provoking book about how we deal with invasive species. Photo: Mona Rémi Chauvin, Courtesy Mona Museum of Old and New Art

Eat the problem

A stunning new book by Kirsha Kaechele begs the question, can we see invasive species as not just a problem to be exterminated, but also as a potential asset?

Morning Glory

Weeds

Exotic vines do especially well in disturbed environments in subtropical and tropical regions. This is morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) growing in the Blackall Range, southeast Queensland. Like most of Australia’s invasive vines, it was introduced as a garden plant. Photo courtesy Barry Traill

Invasive species – national priorities 2016

Seven national priorities for invasive species reform that deliver long-term cost savings, stem biodiversity losses and enhance agricultural productivity.