Future directions for managing perennial grass weeds in South Australia

John G. VirtueA,B,D, Neville D. CrossmanA,C and Noel RichardsA,D

A Weed Management Society of South Australia Inc., PO Box 517, Torrens Park, South Australia 5062, Australia.

B Animal and Plant Control Commission, GPO Box 2834, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia.

C School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus, PMB 1, Glen Osmond, South Australia 5064, Australia.

D CRC for Australian Weed Management, Waite Campus, PMB 1, Glen Osmond, South Australia 5064, Australia.


Perennial grass weeds have historically received less attention compared to other weed types in South Australia (SA). There are many reasons for this, but two common reasons are the general lack of recognition of various grass weed species and their impacts by land managers, and the fact that many species are useful pasture grasses. The preceding papers in this workshop have illustrated the wide range of perennial grass weeds threatening a range of landuses in SA. Here we highlight the significant issues raised in these papers and by participants at the SA Perennial Grass Weeds Workshop (hereafter known as the Workshop), which need to be addressed in order to improve management of perennial grass weeds in SA. We then propose the basic framework of a strategic approach to managing perennial grass weeds.


Plant Protection Quarterly (2004) 19 (2) 84-88.