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The Skeleton Weed Program is a coordinated approach to eradicating skeleton weed in Western Australia. It is run jointly by the State Skeleton Weed Committee, the Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Protection Board. It is funded through the skeleton weed levy collected from grain growers each harvest, and pooled in the Skeleton Weed Eradication Trust Fund.
Skeleton weed is targeted as a declared plant as it can drastically reduce crop yields (more than 1 tonne/ha in cereals) by competing for moisture and nutrients, mainly nitrogen. Its wiry stems impede headers and the sticky latex they contain cause machinery to seize.
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Weeds, Chondrilla joncea, Monitoring, Identification, Control programmes, Chemical control
Agriculture | Plant Sciences
State Skeleton Weed Committee, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, and Agriculture Protection Board. (2009), Skeleton weed in Western Australia, pocket guide. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4781.
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