Catherine Borger
Research Officer
Catherine Borger

My role in the department

I conduct research on integrated weed management. Changes in farming systems, farm management practices and climate are resulting in a changing weed spectrum. Several weed species that were minor crop weeds or weeds of pasture have now become significant weeds of cropping systems. In order to manage these emerging weeds effectively, we need to generate information on the biology and ecology of each species, with a particular focus on seed bank persistence. A series of national GRDC projects aim to investigate the biology and control of emerging weed species. The projects will combine all data to model optimal weed control. We seek to develop effective control programs which target emerging weed species, while focussing on the broader agronomic or economic requirements of farming enterprises.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9081 3105
+61 (0)467 816 082

My background

I have over 12 years’ experience in research, development and communication of weed control. Over this period I have investigated weed ecology, control, herbicide resistance and integrated weed management modelling at DPIRD or The University of Western Australia.


  • Emerging weeds (seed-bank biology of emerging weeds). GRDC funded project - UA00156
  • Improving IWM practice of emerging weeds in the southern and western regions. GRDC funded project - UA00149

Key Expertise

Research, development, communication, extension, weed research, plant biology and ecology, herbicide resistance, integrated weed management, event management


  • PhD from the School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia
  • BSc in Agriculture with Honours, The University of Western Australia

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