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January 17, 2022

AHRI 2021 Wrap-Up

Written by: Jessica Scholle Despite the challenges COVID-19 presented in 2021, our researchers continued their research and published throughout the year. From the identification of…

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February 15, 2021

World first: glyphosate resistant capeweed

We’re blowing up our most valuable herbicides on the least productive part of the farm.

Fencelines, roadsides, drainage areas, etc.

AHRI researchers, Dr Yaseen Khalil and Dr Mike Ashworth and others have confirmed the world’s most recent addition to the growing list of glyphosate resistant weeds: capeweed.

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December 18, 2020

AHRI 2020 Wrap Up

Despite the challenges 2020 presented, there continued to be excellent research which was published throughout the year. In this post we have collated our top five most read AHRI insights and our top five most listened to podcasts for 2020.

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July 13, 2020

On a good thing? Don’t stick to it! – the Director’s Cut

Welcome to the highlight reel of AHRI’s recently released blockbuster – ‘Don’t stick to it!’. Set in the labs, glasshouses and fields of this world-leading research powerhouse, and featuring renown giants of the herbicide resistance world – Powles, Busi, Yu and Owen, this latest exposé will have you seriously impressed!

‘Don’t stick to it!’ delves into five years of ground-breaking scientific discovery and its value to Australian farmers in their epic battle against profit-sucking weeds.

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June 15, 2020

Something old, something new in annual ryegrass control

It’s a quaint tradition that many brides follow – ‘Something old; represents continuity with the past and ‘Something new’ offers optimism for the future. ‘Something borrowed’ passes on another’s secrets for success and ‘Something blue’ represent key features of a solid relationship. Finally, ‘A sixpence in your shoe’ for prosperity. With the release of several new modes of action and chemical formulations, it’s helpful to first consider how these ‘new’ chemicals might revive some ‘old’ chemistry.

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May 29, 2020

Epic WA focus paddock project shows we’re having a win

Every parent knows that we simply can’t have favourites. We must love each of our children equally.

We at AHRI shouldn’t have favourites. We love all weeds research papers equally, but this paper is perhaps a little more equal!

It is the work of Martin Harries from DPIRD involving a six-year focus paddock survey with data from 184 paddocks spanning 14 million hectares of cropping land in Western Australia, made possible with GRDC investment.

Martin has recently published the weeds aspect of this research as part of his PhD and reported that we’re having a win with weed control in WA.

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May 18, 2020

Hoe, hoe, hoe and away weeds go!

How many hours did you spend out in the paddock with a chipping hoe when you were a kid? Do you still carry one in every ute? Chances are you know how effective they are; but wouldn’t mind if you never had to use one again!

Australia has an unfortunate habit of claiming world-firsts in new species for the herbicide resistance lists. Fortunately, we have also been leaders in the development of new tools to help combat the problem.

Enter: the revolutionary new chipping hoe!

The latest of these developments is the world’s first site-specific mechanical weeder.

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May 6, 2020

Don’t delay sowing to beat ryegrass

Work up, work back, seed. That was the system.

Then along came no-till. Spray a knockdown, seed in one pass. Game changer.

Then came a more variable climate and a suite of pre-emergent herbicides that made early and dry seeding possible.

And now we have seed early at all costs, dry if necessary, and get the crop up and away on the first rain.

But what does this do for weeds? Should we delay sowing and wait for a knockdown, or have we got it right?

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April 20, 2020

New-comers causing trouble

How long have you lived where you live? If you’re a long-time local you will have seen new people come and go – some are gone before you get to know them and others stay and find their niche in the community.

Weed communities also change over time and it can take some effort to get to know and understand the new-comers. Will they thrive? Do they fit in? Will they disrupt the way things are done? Or will they go away again, almost unnoticed?

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A team of DPIRD researchers, led by Dr Catherine Borger has quantified the impact of five weed species of emerging importance in the WA grains belt.
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