The research on the candidate biocontrol agents for wandering trad, the fungus Kordyana brasiliensis and the leaf beetle Neolema ogloblini, performed in quarantine facilities in Australia was supported by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research/Science Programme administered by the Department of the Environment and Energy. CSIRO and Agriculture Victoria (Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions) led the research on K. brasiliensis and N. ogloblini, respectively. Thanks to Mr Greg Lefoe and Dr Raelene Kwong (Agriculture Victoria) for their contributions.
The release and monitoring of the approved biocontrol agent, K. brasiliensis, in the Dandenong Ranges region of Victoria were part of a broader project seeking biological solutions for sustainable management of environmental weeds, which also included Cape ivy (Delairea odorata) and angled onion (Allium triquetrum). This project was co-funded by CSIRO and the Australian Government under the Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and supported by the Community Weeds Alliance of the Dandenongs.
The releases and monitoring of K. brasiliensis in New South Wales are co-funded by CSIRO and the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
Contributions from current (Ben Gooden, Louise Morin, Isabel Zeil-Rolfe, Caroline Delaisse, John Lester, Gavin Hunter) and previous (Luke O’Loughlin, Kylie Ireland) CSIRO staff are acknowledged.
Thanks to all collaborators who kindly made collections of wandering trad accessions in Australia and some of the non-target plant species included in the risk assessment of the candidate biocontrol agents. Thanks are also extended to our research collaborators at Landcare Research, New Zealand (Simon Fowler, Quentin Paynter, Chantal Probst and Lynley Hayes), Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil (Robert Barreto and Davi Mesquita de Macedo), University of Adelaide (John Conran).
We wish to thank members of the following local community groups for their enthusiastic participation in field releases of the biocontrol agent across Victoria: Community Weed Alliance of the Dandenongs, Friends of Ferny Creek, Friends of Glenfern Valley Bushlands, Friends of Sassafras Creek, Friends of Sherbrooke Forest, Healesville Environment Watch, Johns Hill Landcare Group, Knox Environment Society, Knox Environment Society, Monbulk Landcare Group, Parks Victoria, Southern Ranges Environment Alliance, Yarra Ranges Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Knox City Council, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Landcare Network, Melbourne Water, Forest to Foreshore Pty Ltd (Private contractor), Diverse Bush Management (Private contractor), Southern Dandenongs Landcare, Upwey South Reserve, Olinda Creek Landcare Group, Naturelinks Landscape Management Pty Ltd, Yellingbo Conservation Area, Mornington Peninsula Shire, and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. We also wish to pay special thanks to our friend Bill Incoll from the Community Weed Alliance of the Dandenongs (http://www.cwad.org.au/) for his ongoing support of our research and engagement with community groups.