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Literature review on the control of injurious grassland weeds in ESAs - BD0304

A major problem in ESAs is the control of tall and dominating weed species (e.g. creeping thistle, spear thistle, ragwort and common nettle), numbers of which appear to have increased markedly in several ESAs. Techniques currently used to control injurious weeds (e.g. mechanical topping and weed wiping) do not effectively inhibit weed growth, necessitating development of alternative control measures. This study, which will adopt the form of a literature review, will evaluate options for controlling injurious weeds within ESAs, while causing minimal damage to non-target organisms. The project will collate previous work and draw attention to areas requiring further development.
Evaluate options for the control of injurious weeds within ESAs which cause minimum impact on non-target organisms
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1994

Cost: £15,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship