Aussie scientists find new way against herbicides for better GBR water quality

15 October 2013

CANBERRA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- Australian scientists found that an innovative new approach to sugar cane plantation weed management trialed in select Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments have shown a dramatic 90 percent reduction in runoff of highly soluble herbicides into waterways, a latest research statement of CSIRO, Australian national science body, showed on Tuesday.

The results of the study have been published in the international journal Science of the Total Environment. It is supported by the Australian federal government through Reef Rescue Research and Development funding from Caring for Our Country Initiative. The Reef Rescue program is a five-year, 200-million-AU dollars (almost 189.3 million US dollars) investment by the Australian government. Read more