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Giant rat’s tail slashes land value, pasture productivity, but there’s hope battling the superspreader

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It cripples land values and slashes productivity by up to 80 per cent, but there is finally hope in the battle against an invasive seed-spreading weed that is hitching its way up and down the east coast of Australia.

Introduced in contaminated pasture seed in the 1960s, giant rat’s tail grass (GRT) is a superspreader.

GRT seeds stick to tractors, cars, clothes, native and domesticated animals, and survives to sprout in manure.

It is estimated to cost the cattle…



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