Seed Biology


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RESEARCH - SUSTAINABLE WEED CONTROL SOLUTIONS

Natural Weed Control
Weed Diagnostics
Computer Simulation
Seed Biology
Parthenium
Herbicide Resistance

 

 

 

Seed Biology

This aspect of research is undertaken predominantly at the St Lucia facility although the Gatton facility also undertakes experimentation on weed seed biology.

There are three main directions within this research program

Tropical seed banks
Seed dormancy mechanisms
Seed kill

Research undertaken at the St Lucia campus is predominantly on the dormancy mechanisms of native plants.

One of the main initiatives within this aspect of our work is the use of smoke to stimulate germination.  This has important considerations in stimulating the weeds to emerge at the one time whereby broadscale control measures can then be implemented. We are currently developing projects to combine this technology with weeds in areas of herbicide resistance.

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION