Killer vine helps destroy invasive European weeds


A recent article in New Scientist has highlighted research by Robert Cirocco from the University of Adelaide using plants as weapons against invasive weeds.

Many weeds that were introduced into Australia by the European settlers of the early 1800s are now causing native plants to struggle in their natural environments. Research into the use of the vine, Cassytha pubescens, or devils twine is proving to be a potential biocontrol solution.

“This is important because these weeds cost us millions of dollars annually to eradicate, not to mention their incalculable costs to our native biodiversity.”

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