The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking your help in developing the State of the Environment Report 2023. This vital report collates information from multiple sources to assess the pressures that are placed on our environment and what impacts these may be having on our land, sea, air and inland waters. It also captures what is being done to help protect, restore and enhance our environment for current and future generations.

Follow this link to find out more and contribute to the State of the Environment Report 2023.

The Weed Management Society of South Australia will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 5:40pm on 9 December 2022 at the Goodman Building of the South Australian Herbarium, Hackney Road, Adelaide.

All members and interested persons are invited to attend. All ten positions on the executive committee will be called, and with three currently vacant positions the existing openly welcome new comers to get involved. For more information contact President Chris Brodie chris.brodie@sa.gov.au or 0437 825 685.

This years Annual General Meeting will include an address by outgoing President Chris Brodie, followed by a trivia quiz. Drinks and nibbles provided.

Please RSVP or request further information about the AGM from Secretary Shannon Robertson wmssa01@hotmail.com or 0428 201 562.

The Weed Management Society of South Australia (WMSSA) with the support of Council of Australasian Weeds Societies Inc. (CAWS) have decided to further postpone the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference (22AWC) due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The WMSSA and CAWS look forward to co-hosting the event next year and are excited to announce a new date at our venue Adelaide Oval on 25-29 September 2022.

We are now looking forward with optimism to 2022. By delaying the event, we will progress with confidence in our ability to host the conference that everyone knows and loves at a time when society is more positive and secure (note that we will also continue to monitor all advice from the Australian Government and heed their future directive).

Outlined below are a few key pieces of information regarding the status of registration and abstract submissions. Please read this information carefully.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an abstract. Authors will be contacted regarding their submissions towards the end of this year with the option to modify or change the status of their abstract. Notifications regarding selection into the conference program will be sent shortly after. During this time the abstract portal will remain open allowing for changes to current submissions as well as additional opportunities for new papers.

REGISTRATION:
The details for registrations are currently under review. All existing registrations will be honored as early bird customers.

Thank you for your continual support of the conference and for now, please save the dates in your diaries as 22AWC will be a conference not to be missed!

Kind regards
22AWC Organising Committee

New conference dates announced
10–13 October 2021

The Weed Management Society of South Australia (WMSSA) with the support of Council of Australasian Weeds Societies Inc. (CAWS) have decided to postpone the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference (22AWC) due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The WMSSA and CAWS look forward to co-hosting the event next year and are excited to announce a new date at our venue Adelaide Oval on 10-13 October 2021.

We are now looking forward with optimism to 2021. By delaying the event, we will progress with confidence in our ability to host the conference that everyone knows and loves at a time when society is more positive and secure (note that we will also continue to monitor all advice from the Australian Government and heed their future directive).

Outlined below are a few key pieces of information regarding the status of registration and abstract submissions. Please read this information carefully.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an abstract. Authors will be contacted regarding their submissions towards the end of this year with the option to modify or change the status of their abstract. Notifications regarding selection into the conference program will be sent shortly after. During this time the abstract portal will remain open allowing for changes to current submissions as well as additional opportunities for new papers.

REGISTRATION:
The decision has been made to keep the conference registration portal open allowing delegates the chance to get in early and pay their registration this financial or calendar year. Individuals who have registered up until now will be contacted by the conference organisers.

Thank you for your continual support of the conference and for now, please save the dates in your diaries as 22AWC will be a conference not to be missed!

Kind regards
22AWC Organising Committee

22AWC offers four post-conference tours

Discover South Australia’s weed habitats

An exciting mix of four post-conference day tours will be available to 22AWC delegates being held on Thursday 29 October.

If you’re a local from South Australia consider taking the opportunity to tour your own backyard. You will be surprised at what you see and learn! For those travelling from other parts of Australia or overseas, consider extending your stay.

All tours will depart from Adelaide Oval and cost just $90!

Tour one: Northern Plains
Focusing on landscapes in a production setting.

Tour two: Central Hills
Focus on landscapes in bush land and peri-urban intensive production settings.

Tour three: City Precinct
Focus on landscapes within the City of Adelaide.

Tour four: Northern Plains
Focus on landscapes in a peri-urban and coastal setting.

Click here for more information.

Early bird registration now open!

Don’t miss out on the discounted rates

Early bird registration is now open to attend the 22AWC held 25-29 October 2020 at Adelaide Oval.

Purchasing a 22AWC full ticket offers delegates maximum value to access the whole conference package. Each full ticket includes the welcome function, full conference program, conference dinner and access to our exhibition and poster display. All packed into one ticket!

If weed management is import to you then we invite you to register and take advantage of early bird savings!

22AWC is offering early bird rates for member conference tickets at $950.00 Inc. GST with non-member tickets $1050.00 Inc. GST. Not a member? Be sure to contact your state weed society to sign up and save on the 22AWC. Early bird offers close June 30, 2020.

Click here to register.

Call for abstracts is now open!

The Weed Management Society of South Australia and Council of Australasian Weed Societies invites submissions of abstracts for oral papers and poster presentations for the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference.

Topics to be discussed range from cutting edge weed science and research, to local and national innovative policy, new operational practices and tools, best practice on-ground management, chemical innovations, alternative weed control, and on-ground case studies, all helping to protect our agricultural and environmental landscapes from weed threats.

If you have a weed story, we want to hear from you! Conference sub-themes include:

  • Community engagement and behaviour change
  • Prevention of weeds
  • Using new enabling tools and technologies for weed management
  • Integrated Landscape Weed Management
  • Weeds in the environment
  • Crop and pasture weed management

Please ensure you read the abstract guidelines prior to submitting.

Abstract submissions close 2pm ACST, Friday 14 February 2020.

To submit click here: http://wmssa.org.au/22awc-program

Dear WMSSA,

A fresh reminder that the Weed Management Society of South Australia Annual General Meeting will be held at the Adelaide University Waite Campus CSRIO Building 1 this Friday 18 October 2018 at 5:30 pm. All members are welcome, and we are heading to the Edinburgh Hotel for a social bite and drink after.

I ask that members consider how they might be able to assist in the three tasks of preparing WeedWise, maintaining www.wmssa.org , or contributing to Facebook. Importantly, is the need for fresh and interesting material to share across these platforms. And I ask everyone to think about their capacity to write, or pass on information about weeds and weed news from across the state.

Please email through contributions or ideas to to wmmsa01@hotmail.com

Kind Regards

Henry Rutherford

President

Weed Management Society of South Australia

Student Travel Award

Applications are invited from students to attend national or international conferences, or for specific overseas study tours of a short duration. The award is made available annually, or less frequently depending on the standard of the applications. This award is made to undergraduate, Master, PhD or other postgraduate students, or those who have completed their studies in the previous twelve months at the date of application. The early career travel award is available for those who have completed their studies less recently. Those studying in the fields of agriculture, botany, biology, ecology, horticulture and forestry or related subjects, with some focus on weed science are encouraged to apply. The award is open to anyone residing in Australia or New Zealand, but members of Societies affiliated with CAWS may be given preference. The committee may at its discretion award more than one award for each category. The value of this award is up to $3,000 per annum.

Early Career Weed Scientist Travel Award

Applications are invited from early career weed scientists to attend national or international conferences, or for specific overseas study tours of a short duration. The award is made available annually, or less frequently depending on the standard of the applications.  Applicants must have, at the date of application, completed their last degree (undergraduate, Master, PhD or other postgraduate degree) within the last five years. Applicants should also have commenced employment in any branch of weed science. The award is open to anyone residing in Australia or New Zealand, but members of Societies affiliated with CAWS may be given preference. The committee may at its discretion award more than one award for each category. The selection committee will mainly take into consideration the merits of the applicant and application, though some consideration may also be given to ensuring an equitable distribution of awards across Australasia. The value of this award is up to $2,000 per annum.

For more information on both of these awards and the application forms, see:

http://caws.org.nz/old-site/awards.php

It’s the 21st century and the WMSSA is transitioning to online forms of communication. But you, member, are important. How do we best stay in contact with you?

Please take the time to fill out the short online survey, so we can better understand the preferred methods for communication across our membership.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSPZ8TL

 

Weed Control Korres

The new publication Weed Control. Sustainability, Hazards and Risks in Cropping Systems Worldwide edited by Nicholas E. Korres, Nilda R Burgos and Stephen O. Duke and published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group has been released.

The publication investigates concerns about sustainable food production systems along with the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, and addresses important topics of weed science related to sustainable issues, potential hazards, and risks. In addition the effects of herbicides and weed control methods on soil, freshwater ecosystems and insects are critically reviewed. Occupational hazards due to non-judicious use of herbicides along with occupational hygiene practices for using herbicides such as use of personal protective equipment, spillage management herbicide storage, and drift avoidance are discussed in detail. The potential use, types, advantages and disadvantages of bioherbicides and allelopathy for sustainable weed control and research needs are explored in depth. Important issues of herbicide resistance evolution, distribution in major crops, and the contribution of genetically engineered herbicide tolerant crops on sustainable weed management are examined thoroughly.

Links:

Flyer – Duke/p/book/9781498787468WEED CONTROL Weed_Control_Flyer_pdf

Summary – WEED CONTROL

Order – https://www.crcpress.com/Weed-Control-Sustainability-Hazards-and-Risks-in-Cropping-Systems-Worldwide/Korres-Burgos-

Silverleaf_Nightshade_Australian_Best_Practice_Manual_2018_cover

Silverleaf nightshade is a deep-rooted perennial weed threatening crops and pastures in this State, and also a Weed of National Significance. A national best practice management manual has now been published.

Silverleaf Nightshade Australian Best Practice Manual 2018

6th SA Weeds Conference

DATE: 2nd and 3rd May 2018
Location: Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus

Registrations are now OPEN for the 6th South Australian Weeds Conference.

The conference attracts interesting and relevant speakers from across the weed management community. Renowned author, Tim Lowe and SA Herbarium’s Michelle Waycott will be Key Note speakers at this years conference. At the conference dinner, Tim Lowe will also provide an interesting insight into Australia’s contribution to the Anthropocene, ie. the extent to which wattles, sweet pittosporum, Australian tree ferns etc have become weeds around the world.

Click on the following link for a registration form 6th SA Weeds Conference Registration Form 2018 Final or for the Word Version – 6th SA Weeds Conference Registration Form 2018 Final
Please complete and forward to WMSSA, wmssa01@hotmail.com or PO Box 517 Torrens Park 5062 SA before 20th April 2018.

The conference is an open event so please refer any enquiries from the wider community about the event through to Sheree Bowman on wmssa01@hotmail.com

Key Dates:
Submit abstracts and nominate posters and displays – 23rd February, 2018
Notification of acceptance of presentation – 12th of March, 2018
Submission of papers and posters for inclusion in conference proceedings – 25th of March, 2018
Conference – 2nd and 3rd of May, 2018
Conference Dinner (with guest speaker) – 2nd of May, 2018