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Keeping serrated tussock out of the south east

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is currently working toward containing serrated tussock within the eastern Melbourne suburbs and Mornington Peninsula. DPI Biosecurity Officer Larry Martin said that although serrated tussock was widespread across the western and northern regions of the Port Phillip catchment, there were only 36 sites recorded south and east of the Yarra River. Many of the recorded sites within the area consisted of only one or several plants which were removed on detection and were now the focus of annual monitoring. Where regeneration occurs, DPI requests the land manager undertake control prior to seeding to prevent further spread into unaffected areas. “The impacts of serrated tussock on agricultural production and the natural environment are well known,” Mr Martin said. “The majority of affected landholders in this region have been proactive in managing these isolated infestations to ensure serrated tussock doesn’t take hold. “A recent example of this was when a new serrated tussock infestation was found on public land within the City of Greater Dandenong. “The land managers responded immediately once aware of the infestation, undertaking control and cordoning off the site to allow future management. “This is a great example of landholders taking responsibility and implementing an effective and timely response. “Measures have also been put in place to prevent further spread through the movement of material contaminated with seeds by maintenance vehicles and pedestrian traffic.”

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