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Weeds and pests

Bridal Creeper 

Weeds and pest animals are invasive. Other than vegetation clearing, they represent the biggest threat to the survival of native plants and animals.


About 20 per cent of the vascular plants and 5 per cent of the vertebrates found in Victoria’s natural environment have been released been introduced in the past 200 years.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is responsible for setting the policy direction for managing weeds and pests on public and private land. DEPI and Parks Victoria are responsible for the managing established weeds and pests on public land, including in parks.

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Cinnamon Fungus

Cinnamon Fungus (Phytophthora cinnamomi) is a microscopic, soil borne pathogen (disease causing organism) that attacks and destroys plant root systems causing plants to die through

Marine pests

Marine pests are non-native plants or animals which can have a detrimental impact on native marine ecosystems. They are introduced into Australian waters via human

Pest animals

Australia's native plants and animals have adapted to life on an isolated continent over millions of years. Since European settlement native animals have had to

Weeds

Invasive weeds are a serious threat to biodiversity in Victoria both on land and in aquatic environments. Weeds compete with native plants for space, nutrients

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