Agriculture Aussie natives can bounce back from buffel blight

Aussie natives can bounce back from buffel blight

Native wildlife is flourishing once again in areas where introduced weed buffel grass  has been removed.

Buffel grass has caused as much damage to Australian biodiversity as foxes, but new research has shown the harm can be reversed.

A six-year study by Charles Darwin University (CDU) showed that when buffel grass was removed, native plants and animals became more abundant.

Buffel grass was introduced to Australia as feed for livestock and to stabilise soils, but has spread further than ever planned, dominating much of the semi-arid landscape across the country.

CDU scientist Dr Christine Schlesinger said ‘islands’ of restored native vegetation could assist conservation, until a large-scale method to control buffel grass can be found.

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