Potential biological control agents amongst fungi associated with the weed Zantedeschia aethiopica in south-western Australia
Maxwell, A., Hardy, G.E.St.J. and Scott, J.K. (1997) Potential biological control agents amongst fungi associated with the weed Zantedeschia aethiopica in south-western Australia. In: 11th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society, 29 September - 2 October, Perth, Western Australia.
Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily) (Araceae) is a noxious weed in south-western Australia (1). Herbicides are either ineffective and/or inappropriate for its control in native forest and bushland. Biological control offers an attractive alternative to chemical means in that it is capable of providing a greater degree of host specificity, and once initiated the control organism is self perpetuating. A search for insects in South Africa, the centre of origin for this weed, found no suitable seed eating insects of Z. aethiopica (2). A search for pathogens of Z. aethiopica as potential biological control agents has not been conducted either in South Africa or Australia. In this study, the populations of Z. aethiopica in south-western Australia were surveyed for fungal pathogens to identify potential mycoherbicide candidates.
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