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.
- GRT is a superspreading weed that reduces productivity by up to 80 per cent
- Introduced in imported pasture seed in the 1960s, it can produce more than 80,000 seeds per square metre
- Research is focusing on using natural enemies and tailoring effective chemical treatments
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…