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

Ruby DockA joint project with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Karratha for the control of ruby dock Acetosa vesicaria in the Pilbara. Initially funded by Robe River, new partners included BHP Billiton and Pilbara Iron.

Dr Janet Anthony was the scientist researching the biology and control, while Bob Dixon acted in the technical horticultural role.

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.