The biology of blackberry in south-eastern Australia

E. Bruzzese, Department of Natural Resources and Environment and CRC for Weed Management Systems, Keith Turnbull Research Institute, PO Box 48, Frankston, Victoria 3199, Australia.


The blackberry aggregate (Rubus fruticosus L. agg.) comprises a number of closely related species which are major agricultural and environmental weeds in south-eastern Australia because of their vigorous growth, effective distribution of seeds and vegetative propagation from cane tips. The ecology of blackberry in south-eastern Australia is reviewed and gaps in knowledge identified. It is concluded that knowledge of the current distribution of individual blackberry species and of additional aspects of blackberry biology are required to enable the development of an effective integrated management strategy for these weeds.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1998) 13 (4) 160-162.