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Ruby Dock control
Funding: Robe River, BHP Billiton and Pilbara Iron
Location: Pilbara Western Australia
- integrated weed control
A joint project with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Karratha for the control of ruby dock Acetosa vesicaria in the Pilbara.
Ruby Dock is a major weed in the Pilbara and is moving south, now at Mingenew Coal Seam Reserve and eastern Wheatbelt e.g., Westonia. Acetosa vesicaria tends to occur on disturbed areas such a road verges.
Ruby Dock has potential to spread over a much wider area. A flowering plant at 60 Foot Falls, Ellis Brook Reserve Gosnells was picked up a few years ago. It is therefore a weed to watch out for. It is also a major weed in other Australian States.
Dr Janet Anthony was the scientist researching the biology and control, while Bob Dixon acted in the technical horticultural role.