Weeds pose a serious risk for primary producers as they can impact on market access and agricultural production.
In 2006/07, each Western Australian agricultural business spent an average of $29 376 ($341 million total) on weed control (Australian Bureau of Statistics).
Weed control is a shared responsibility between landholders, grower groups, biosecurity groups and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
To protect WA’s agriculture, the department:
- works with landholders, grower groups, community groups and biosecurity groups
- regulates weeds under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007
- provides a weed identification service
- provides a predictive simulation tool called weed seed wizard
- provides information on weed control, crop weeds, regulated/declared plants and herbicides
- contributes to social science through weedwatcher.
For diagnostic services, please contact our Diagnostic Laboratory Services.