$150k grant for weed research

CLOSE to $150,000 has been allocated to the Grafton Primary Industries Institute so it can continue its research into biological control of weedy sporobolus (dropseed or rush) grasses that impact on agriculture and the environment.

Announcing the grant, Member for Page Janelle Saffin said the national weed research project, being led by David Officer at Trenayr, was one of 33 new projects under a $6.1 million investment announced by Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly.

Ms Saffin said Mr Officer’s work would promote biological control of weedy sporobolus grasses using a naturally occurring fungus, Nigrospora oryzae.

“This research will also investigate whether the fungus will infect other weedy sporobolus grasses,” she said.

“The Grafton Primary Industries Institute has a reputation for undertaking cutting edge research.

“This project hopefully will bring innovative approaches to tackling some of Australia’s most invasive plant pests.”



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