Branched Broomrape

Branched broomrape is a species of parasitic plants that grow on the roots of some broad-leafed annual host plants. It is considered a weed under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is responsible for helping individuals, businesses, and industries to resolve market issues caused by branched broomrape.

Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin is responsible for providing advice on how to control branched broomrape – contact details:

http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/samurraydarlingbasin/find-us .

Effects

Branched broomrape may reduce yields and quality of host crops. It is a prohibited import in some countries. This can cause market access issues for Australian exports.

Management

Learnings from the past unsuccessful eradication program has shown:

  • normal farm biosecurity
  • crop hygiene
  • broad-leafed weed control, including using effective herbicides
  • crop selection

will enable farmers and other landholders to manage branched broomrape.

Resources

Page Last Reviewed: 31 Oct 2014
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