Prospects for the biological control of prickly acacia, Acacia nilotica (L.) Willd. ex Del. (Mimosaceae) in Australia

Jennifer Marohasy, Queensland Department of Lands, Alan Fletcher Research Station, PO Box 36, Sherwood, Queensland 4075, Australia.


Prickly acacia, Acacia nilotica (L.) Willd. ex Del. (Mimosaceae), a major weed of grasslands in north west Queensland, is native to Africa and the Indian subcontinent. A large and diverse list of insect species known to attack prickly acacia over this extensive region has been compiled. The host specificity and the potential of particular species as biological control agents is discussed.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1995) 10 (1) 24-31.