Bugs, Beetles and BiocontrolTransforming landscapes in the Burnett through innovative management practices
This project is funded by the National Landcare Program and will advance a range of biocontrol solutions that challenge traditional approaches and improve the way the established weed species of Parthenium and Cat’s Claw Creeper (CCC) are managed in the Inland Burnett.
It is designed to create a long-term & sustainable management of Parthenium & CCC in the Inland Burnett Region via the production & use of multiple effective biocontrol agents.
To accomplish this goal the project will aim to establish biocontrol breeding facilities at Monto. In-field nurseries will be also be established to facilitate environmental persistence of biocontrol agents.
The facility will be used to raise Parthenium biocontrol agents (Summer Rust). Parthenium is one of the greatest weed pest species in Australia due to its invasiveness, potential to spread, economic & environmental impacts, which include decreasing viability of livestock production, harbouring plant disease, significantly impacting biodiversity & causing health complications in humans.
The facility will also be used to produce CCC biocontrol agents (Jewel Beetle). CCC has widespread impacts on native ecosystems, particularly vulnerable riparian zones.
Targeting the upper catchment of the Burnett River system will have positive long-term impact on weed reproductive material reduction & the migration of biological control agents further downstream, expanding the control impact of this project throughout the entire catchment over the longer-term.
Biocontrol agents (Summer Rust and Jewel Beetle) will be ready for release by mid January 2022.
Expressions Of Interest
Burnett Catchment Care Association (BCCA) received a National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grant to establish biocontrol breeding facilities in Monto. The facility will be used to produce biocontrol agents for Cats Claw Creeper (CCC) and Parthenium....
Burnett Catchment Care Association were recently successful in receiving a National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4 grant. Our project - ‘Bugs, Beetles and Biocontrol – Transforming landscapes in the Burnett through innovative management practices’...