Integrated control of Ruby Dock: Acetosa vesicaria in the Pilbara

Ruby Dock, Acetosa vesicara, in full flower. Photo: I.R. Dixon.

Project title: Research and develop integrated control of Ruby Dock: Acetosa vesicaria in the Pilbara

Funding: Robe River, BHP Billiton and Pilbara Iron

Location: Pilbara Western Australia

Research themes

  • integrated weed control

Project description

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.