Towards the integrated management of blackberry: workshop summary and recommendations

R.H. GrovesA, Jann WilliamsB and R.T. RoushC

A CSIRO Plant Industry and CRC Weed Management Systems, GPO Box 1600, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.

B The Johnstone Centre, Charles Sturt University and CRC Weed Management Systems, PO Box 789, Albury, New South Wales 2640, Australia. Present address: School of Botany, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia.

C CRC Weed Management Systems, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide,  PMB 1, Glen Osmond, South Australia 5062, Australia.


Recent research on the biology and ecology of blackberry (Rubus fruticosus L. agg.) is reviewed and several priority areas for future research highlighted. Elucidation of the taxonomy of the different taxa in the species complex is a high priority. Such research results could form a basis for further exploration in southern Europe for other strains of the rust Phragmidium violaceum. Continuation of monitoring of rust-infected blackberry at pasture sites in southern Victoria should be maintained and extended to blackberry in natural ecosystems. A major area for research is revegetation with native species of sites where blackberry impact is being reduced by a combination of different control methods, including fire and herbicide application. Integration of these different control methods with the biology and ecology of the various taxa will be necessary to develop more effective management systems for blackberry control in pastures, natural ecosystems and forest plantations.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1998) 13 (4) 196-198.