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Wetland Weeds

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Wetland Weeds

Causes, Cures and Compromises

Nick Romanowski   Dragonfly Aquatics

Colour photographs
184 pages, 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2011
ISBN: 9780643103955 - AU $ 49.95

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This comprehensive guide to wetland weeds covers both native and introduced species, ranging from minor or localised environmental problems to those that should not be tolerated in any situation. The author takes a pragmatic approach to weed control, recognising that some weeds may not be possible to eradicate, and emphasising the need to assess the extent and future potential of any infestation before taking action.

Weed control should be planned in the context of the overall management goals for any type of wetland, the types of habitat weeds provide or overrun, and whether they can be replaced successfully with more appropriate plants. A range of strategies for controlling wetland weeds are considered, from containment actions to prevent the development of a soil seed bank to physical removal, and biological approaches from biocontrol to shading, overplanting and use of turbidity. The widespread use of chemical controls is also discussed, with the warning that these are often only a short-term cure and can cause more harm to aquatic ecosystems than the weeds they are holding at bay.

More than 130 species of established weeds are included with information on their origins, nutrient responses, environmental effects, habitat values, prospects for containment or eradication, and even culinary uses. Other sections look at native plants as weeds, including a number of species of uncertain origins, and potential weeds still being legally sold through the aquarium and nursery trades.


  • Contains a comprehensive compendium of over 130 weeds with full colour photographs to aid identification
  • Considers a wide range of strategies for controlling wetland weeds including biological control and prevention
  • Covers introduced as well as native weed species
  • Takes a pragmatic approach to managing weeds depending on the threat they pose to the environment

 1 What is a weed?
2 Prevention, control and management
3 Native plants as weeds
4 Compendium of weeds

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 The audience for this book will include anyone involved with the restoration and management of wetlands and dams, departments of primary industries and environment, biosecurity, catchment management authorities, professionals and non-professionals such as farmers. 

 "Overall, the book highlights wetland/aquatic weeds and the factors and vectors that contribute to their spread. The author is knowledgeable about the plants presented in this book, drawing from his many years in the water garden industry. The many colored plates and plant descriptions would benefit wetland and pond owners with respect to plant identifications and planting of new plants."
Ryan M. Wersal, Wetlands, 2012

"There are some excellent photographs of weeds and infestations which may assist landholders and professionals alike in identifying water weeds. As someone with a particular interest in wetlands, waterways and aquatic plants, I found this book quite an interesting read. Overall, an admirable and informative publication by Nick Romanowski."
Danielle Crawford, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland, May 2012

"It will be a very useful text for anyone associated with wetlands, including farm dams and garden ponds, or with an interest in the identification and management of wetland weeds."
R.G. Richardson, Meredith, Plant Protection Quarterly Vol.26(4) 2011, pp. 153


 Zoologist and wetland ecologist Nick Romanowski has spent more than three decades studying aquatic plants, including assessing the weed potential of hundreds of exotic species, and photographing weedscapes throughout Australia. He has worked in diverse aquatic fields from managing a wholesale aquarium to aquaculture, and his nursery Dragonfly Aquatics was the first to specialise in indigenous aquatic and wetland plants. Nick’s most recent books include the second edition of his best-selling practical guide Planting Wetlands and Dams, and Wetland Habitats: A Practical Guide to Management and Restoration, as well as a gardener’s guide to Australian grasses, sedges and rushes as alternatives to introduced species. 

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