Promoting the awareness, understanding & control of weeds


November 2017

2016/17 Financial report

2017 Buerckner and Stephenson Awards open
The biennial Buerckner and Stephenson Awards are now open for nominations. Please see the attached media release for more details.

Scholarships Expression of Interest
The Invisible Farmer, funded as an ARC Linkage project, is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. It will combine personal narratives and academic research to map the diverse, innovative and vital role of women in Australian agriculture. The project is based on a creative partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations.

For more information, visit the website.

​Tips for Diversity and Integration in Weed Control
Make weed control a key biosecurity focus both at your workplace and collectively with your neighbours and we are on our way to a more productive and aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Using physical controls such as mowing or slashing is another tool but without proper timing (vegetative not reproductive) and appropriate hygiene (cultural controls such as machinery washdown) weed seed can be spread over great distances as can be seen with roadside vegetation control.

To read more, please visit the ChemCert website.

What will GHS mean for you and your Workplace?
The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is mandatory in Australia since 1 January 2017, with the exception of Victoria and Western Australia.

To read more about how you or your workplace may be affected, please visit the ChemCert website.

Call for Abstracts - 19th NSW Weeds Conference

Call for Abstracts

 19th NSW Weeds Conference

 16th – 19th October 2017

University of New England, Armidale


Experience the Highs – working smarter together

CAWS Travel Awards close soon
CAWS offers travel awards annually, closing on 1 March.  Further information and application forms can be found on the CAWS website or by following the links below:

For students:

For young weed scientists:


Call for Abstracts - 18th Australian Agronomy Conference
On behalf of the Organising Committee of the Australian Society of Agronomy, you are invited to submit a paper for the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference.

Hort industry secures more than $1.2 million in chemical grants
Horticulture Innovation Australia today secured more than $1.2 million in agriculture research grants. Twenty six grants were secured in the latest round of the Australian Government’s agriculture and veterinary (Agvet) chemicals programme. This Agvet grant funding will open up more opportunities for growers to better manage pests, weeds and disease, ensuring the sustainability and profitability of the industry, and quality products for consumers.

Read the full story here.

New study shows how plants fight off disease
A University of Queensland-led study has highlighted the minute details of how a plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease. The research team used x-ray crystallography to understand how the immune receptors assembled during signalling. The study was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Read the full story here.

US chemical industry body calls for reform of WHO cancer agency
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) industry body this week called for the World Health Organization's cancer agency to reform, accusing it of "dubious and misleading" work in classifying potential carcinogens. Its assessments of whether such things as coffee, mobile phones, processed meat and glyphosate cause cancer have caused particular controversy in recent years, The ACC said the International Agency for Research on Cancer's evaluations "have a significant impact on US public policy" and should be based on "transparent, thorough assessment of the best available science."

Read the full story here.

Agriculture 2017 Travel Awards for junior investigators and PhD students
Junior investigators and PhD students interested in obtaining international funding for travel support to attend a conference during the 2017/18 financial year are encouraged to visit apply for Agriculture 2017 Travel Awards.

Fight over endocrine disruptors continues
The European Commission has found itself unable to secure the backing of member states for its proposals on endocrine disruptors, throwing the future of pesticides in the EU into doubt again. Europe's 2009 pesticides regulation states that active substances cannot be approved for use if they are endocrine disruptors, but in order to be considered as such, a definition needs to be decided upon.

Read the full story here.