A new biological control agent for Crofton weed, the rust fungus Baeodromus eupatorii, was first introduced to Australia in June 2014. The fungus has since been extensively released across New South Wales in partnership with the community. Information about the program can be found here.
The release program received financial support in 2015 from the NSW Weeds Action Program administered by the Department of Primary Industries and in 2016 from the NSW Environmental Trust.
How we're enhancing biological control of Crofton weed
Want to know more about the Crofton weed rust fungus? The rust fungus, Baeodromus eupatorii, infects young leaves and stems of Crofton weed and has great potential to reduce competitiveness, reproduction and spread of the weed. It was approved for release in Australia in May 2014 and has been extensively released across NSW in 2015 and […]
Crofton weed – also known as sticky snakeroot or Mexican devil – has been smothering native bush in Australia since the early 1900s. But now a new biological control agent brings hope in managing this invasive weed. The Challenge A weed out of control The tenacious and troublesome Crofton weed (Ageratina adenophora), as it is […]
June 2016 update on release program
New biocontrol agent for Crofton weed now widely released across NSW Update June 2016 Crofton weed (Ageratina adenophora) is found in several areas along the NSW coast and in south-east Queensland. It produces copious quantities of windborne seeds, spreads rapidly and once established at a site reduces its agricultural or ecological value. Following extensive testing, the […]
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the Crofton rust fungus come from? The Crofton weed rust fungus Baeodromus eupatorii originates from Mexico, the native range of the weed. Will this rust fungus control Crofton weed? The rust fungus infects young leaves and stems of Crofton weed and has great potential to reduce competitiveness, reproduction and spread of the weed. […]
For more information contact: Dr Louise Morin Research Group Leader Health & Biosecurity Phone: (02) 6246 4355 Email: Louise.Morin@csiro.au OR Mr John Lester Research Technician Phone: (02) 6246 4325 Email: John.Lester@csiro.au
Disclaimer Releasing Crofton weed rust fungus disclaimer. It is your responsibility to meet the terms of any weed control compliance order imposed by the relevant authority on the site selected for a biological control release. If applicable please check with the relevant authority to ensure that you have permission to quarantine from other control programs […]