Weed Control: Lantana
Lantana is one of Australia’s most debilitating invasive weeds. It is recognised as a Weed of National Significance (WoNS) because of its impacts on primary industries, conservation and biodiversity, and the extent of its distribution.
Lantana (Lantana camara) and creeping lantana (Lantana montevidensis) are shrubs that have been grown as ornamentals and are now major weeds in coastal and sub-coastal areas. Lantana currently infests more than four million hectares of land across Australia, mainly in areas east of the Great Dividing Range in NSW and Queensland. Its current range extends from the Bega Shire in southern NSW to Cape Melville in north Queensland.
BHA has established a research program to identify potential biological agents for the control of Lantana plants in Australia.