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

Keywords

Blackberries, Rubus, Woody weeds, Biological control agents, Phragmidium violaceum

First Page Number

47

Last Page Number

50

Abstract

The release of spores of the blackbeny leaf rust in spring 1991 marked the second attempt in Western Australia at controlling weedy blackberries with a biological agent. The strain of rust now being used is expected to be more effective than the one released in the 1980s.

This article describes the techniques used for rearing and releasing the fungus and illustrates the effects of the rust on blackbeny.

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