Dr Tony Dugdale

Senior Scientist, Agriculture Victoria Research

Dr Tony Dugdale

Senior Scientist, Agriculture Victoria Research

Tony Dugdale is an aquatic weed scientist from Agriculture Victoria Research (within Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Resources and Transport). He has been a professional in the field of aquatic vegetation ecology and management since 1999. He has worked as an aquatic plant ecologist in New Zealand, an environmental consultant in Australia and completed a PhD on biofouling algae at University of Melbourne. He currently leads research projects on aquatic weeds to improve management techniques and outcomes.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.10

When: Day 3 – Friday, 15 June 2018, 12.00 – 12.30

Abstract Outline: This workshop will summarise findings of a recently completed project that aimed to test a new tool (the herbicide endothall dimethylalkylamine salt) to clear irrigation channels of submersed aquatic weeds to allow efficient delivery of irrigation water for agricultural production.

The workshop will present research findings as a series of presentations including:
1) outcomes of operational scale applications of endothall, i.e. impact on weed load and channel function,
2) decay and fate of endothall,
3) endothall efficacy on a range of Australian aquatic weeds
4) proposed Australian use patterns (current use under permit {Nov 2017}, prospects for registration and use restrictions, use in the USA, crop safety).

The workshop will provide participants with a thorough understanding of how endothall is utilised in the USA, outcomes of current endothall use in Australia, likely effectiveness in various situations, and how a future Australian registration relates to their channel management operations.

The workshop will provide opportunity for participants to discuss results and technical issues with researchers and representatives from the suppliers of endothall (UPL Australia Ltd). It will also provide participants with enough information that they can decide if, how, and under what conditions, they can use endothall in their irrigation channels.

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