Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


G. A. Pearce


Weeds, Research policy, Western Australia

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Knowledge about weeds is necessary to assess their significance, devise control measures and to select those which are to be declared for the purposes of the Agricultural and Related Resources Protection Act.

Once a plant has been declared in Western Australia, all landowners must control and prevent its spread to new areas and work towards eradicating known infestations. The Act also declares plants which are prohibited from entering the State.

It is becoming more and more important to provide specific reasons for the declaration of a weed and its placement in a certain category. Such decisions require appropriate action to be taken against the weed involved. The allocation of resources to be used against one weed often means those same resouces are not available for the control of another.