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Asparagus weeds

Best practice management manual
Produced by the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation on behalf of the National Asparagus Weeds Management Committee, 2006
ISBN 1 921218 20 7

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The information presented in this manual is of a general nature aiming to give readers an understanding of the best practice management methods currently in use for Asparagus weeds. Information provided for herbicides use is based on field research. These may not match with current herbicide label recommendations. Individual State legislation may demand that an off label permit be obtained from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) prior to use. Please adhere to this advice for your own safety and for the good of the environment.

No permission from the APVMA is required for the use of biological control agents associated with bridal creeper, on condition that it is not packaged and sold as a commercial product.

Many of Australia's most invasive weeds, in both agriculture and in the natural environment, have been deliberately introduced as garden plants. This manual aims to assist land managers in identifying, controlling and managing one of the worst groups of these garden escapees; ornamental Asparagus weeds including the Weed of National Significance (WoNS) bridal creeper.

In 2000, bridal creeper was declared a WoNS by the Australian Government. With this declaration came the development of the Bridal Creeper Asparagus asparagoidesStrategic Management Plan, to ensure a nationally consistent approach to managing bridal creeper and preventing the spread of other Asparagus weeds. The implementation of the plan is overseen by the National Asparagus Weeds Management Committee (NAWMC). The Committee is made up of representatives from all affected States, researchers and community members who volunteer their time. The only full time employee is the National Bridal Creeper and Asparagus Weeds Management Coordinator, who acts as the executive officer to the Committee. Funding for the operation of the Committee is provided by the Natural Heritage Trust, the Federal Defeating the Weed Menace program and in-kind contributions from State agencies. Community groups contribute through their time and expertise.

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