Australian Rangelands

Includes full-text resources emanating from a complete set of Australian Rangelands Society Proceedings, journal articles from The Rangelands Journal (published by CSIRO Publishing for the Australian Rangelands Society), videos and other resources abou the extensive rangelands of Australia. 

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14 Gauvin Street
Charter Towers QLD 4820
Australia
Total Entries in Collection: 
1964

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Published: 2005
Differential survival and recruitment patterns are commonly ignored within plant selection and breeding programs, where attention is focused largely on selection of cultivars with high biomass and seed yields. However, in low-input situations, where...
Published: 2004
The paper reports soil seedbank species composition, of Eucalyptus victrix grassy woodlands, of the upper Fortescue River in the Pilbara District, Western Australia. In this study, our objectives were to investigate germinable soil seedbanks and...
Published: 2005
This paper is the fifth in a series describing trials evaluating native and introduced grasses at eight locations across temperate Australia. In these trials, 62 perennial grass lines were assessed for herbage production, survival and recruitment...
Published: 2006
Australia's rangelands are under pressure from many sources, not the least of which is exotic plants often intentionally introduced as pasture or fodder crops. Before being intentionally introduced into Australia, a plant must pass a weed risk...
Published: 2006
Methods for breaking hard seed to allow germination of 2 seedlots of Macrotyloma daltonii (Webb) Verdc., were investigated. Treatments included soaking, application of dry heat, hot water, acid scarification, sand paper scarification, pre-chilling,...
Published: 2005
Native grasses have an important role to play in mine rehabilitation throughout Australia, but there have been few scientifically designed studies of field establishment of native grasses from sown seed in this country. Current recommendations for...
Published: 2006
The Australian rangelands contain extensive and often dense populations of a wide variety of weed species. An array of techniques is available for effectively controlling many of these. To achieve long-term weed control, weeds should be targeted...
Published: 2004
Protection of native vegetation on farms provides many gains for the public as a whole, but may also lead to losses in property value for the landholders. At least 41% of Moree Plains Shire remains in native vegetation, most of which is grazed...
Published: 2005
Native grasses such as Microlaena stipoides (Labill.) R.Br. have the potential to play an important role in pastures, revegetation and as turfgrasses, but their use to date has been limited by seed supply. The purpose of this study was to...
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Published: 2006
Weeds of Australian rangelands have been the target for biological control since 1914. There have been several spectacular successes, e.g. prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp.), with extraordinary ecological and commercial benefits. There have also...
Published: 2006
The pattern of substrate, climatic, vegetation and fire features in the Tanami Desert were considered in relation to the ecological model for arid Australia proposed by Stafford Smith and Morton. The nature and accuracy of spatial data used to...
Published: 2004
Observations are presented on the natural regeneration of Eucalyptus victrix L. Johnson and K. Hill (coolibah), the dominant tree species of grassy woodlands on the floodplain of the Fortescue River, north of Newman in the Pilbara district of...
Published: 2005
Trichloris crinita (Lag.) Parodi is an important perennial native grass widespread in the range areas of the arid and semi-arid phytogeographical region of Monte, Argentina. Previous studies have shown great variability in forage biomass production...
Published: 2006
Acacia harpophylla F. Muell. (brigalow) used to naturally occur over a range of about 50000km2 in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Large scale clearing for agriculture has reduced the area to less than 20000km2 and it is estimated that 20-...
Published: 2004
The timing of vegetation sampling in highly seasonal environments is one of the critical factors in determining the proportion of the flora captured in a single sampling. Four sites were located within a 20 km radius of Mareeba, north Queensland...
Published: 2005
This paper describes experiments undertaken at several sites in semi-arid woodlands of eastern Australia to determine if chemicals applied either on the ground or from the air reduce the density of shrubs regenerating after disturbance. Ground-...
Published: 2005
The historical approach to pasture improvement in the high rainfall zone of temperate Australia has been to add introduced herbaceous legumes and to replace perennial native grasses with introduced species requiring high inputs of fertiliser for...
Published: 2006
Most parts of the Australian rangelands are at risk of invasion by one or more species of non-native plants. The severity of current problems varies greatly across the rangelands with more non-native plant species in more intensively settled regions...
Published: 2006
Allocasuarina diminuta (L. Johnson) and A. gymnanthera (L. Johnson) are critical food resources of the threatened glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) in central New South Wales. The distribution and cone production in these species was...
Published: 2004
Spiders are beneficial predators that respond to those land uses that modify their habitat. Cattle grazing is an extensive land use across northern Australian rangelands, yet the impact of grazing on spider habitat is poorly understood. In this...
Published: 2004
Large areas of undeveloped pastures in non-arable hill country in eastern New South Wales could be improved by aerial methods. The potential economic benefits of pasture improving a portion of the hill country area were evaluated in terms of the...
Published: 2005
Clearing land of trees and introducing exotic pastures to enhance pasture and cattle production and hence enterprise financial performance are widely practised in Queensland. The results from many previous studies on tree clearing have emphasised...
Published: 2006
Management of the dynamics of woody vegetation in Australia's tropical savannas is a vexing issue for both pastoralists and conservation biologists. In savanna regions around the world, increasing density of woody vegetation contributes to...
Published: 2004
Microlaena stipoides is widespread in the higher rainfall areas of Australia. It is consistently reported in the literature as providing high quality forage, yet anecdotal evidence suggests a wide range of opinions about the value of M. stipoides...
Published: 2005
This paper reports the results of the first intensive grazing trials to study palatability variation between the sex phenotypes of bladder saltbush (Atriplex vesicaria Hew. ex Benth.). The results show that Merino sheep preferentially graze female...
Published: 2002
Parkinsonia aculeata is an invasive, introduced shrub that is found in all mainland states of Australia except Victoria. It is especially prevalent north of the tropic of Capricorn. Size-biomass relationships were established for this species using...
Published: 2003
Published: 2002
In Queensland, legislation has recently been enacted that outlines minimum standards for the retention of native vegetation in bioregions and prescribes Performance Requirements for the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological processes, and the...
Published: 2002
The density of Santalum spicatum was compared between 'land systems' and between 'land surface types' on four sheep stations in the north-eastern Goldfields: Yakabindie, Tarmoola, Glenorn and Minara. S.A spicatum density was...
Published: 2003
The latter part of the 20th century has seen a persistent decline in the productivity of some types of sown pastures on the central and southern tablelands of New South Wales. Currently, much research effort is directed to stabilising the perennial...
Published: 2001
The perception of change or decline in the productivity of temperate pastures in south-eastern Australia is an important concern to livestock producers and pasture scientists. Much of this concern relates to reductions in the proportions of...
Published: 2002
Clearing of native vegetation is a major threat to biodiversity in Australia. In Queensland, clearing has resulted in extensive ecosystem transformation, especially in the more fertile parts of the landscape. In this paper, we examine Queensland,...
Published: 2002
Saffron thistle (Carthamus lanatus L.) is a widespread and troublesome weed in grazing land throughout much of eastern Australia. Conventional control measures are not feasible in much of this area, so the prospect for controlling saffron thistle...
Published: 2002
Effects of diurnally alternating temperatures (5/5-45/45°C) were examined on a two-way thermogradient plate for non-dormant seeds of 14 annual pasture legumes. Seed fates (germination, temperature induced non-viability and temperature induced...
Published: 2003
Published: 2002
Science communication, including extension services, plays a key role in achieving sustainable native vegetation management. One of the pivotal aspects of the debate on sustainable vegetation management is the scientific information underpinning...
Published: 2002
Studies were conducted to compare visual estimates of ground cover and canopy cover by both inexperienced and experienced observers and to compare those estimates with those from more objective methods in native pastures in the high rainfall,...
Published: 2003
Offcuts from harvested red kangaroo (Macropus rufus), comprising the head, stomach, entrails, legs and joey (females only) and sometimes the tail remain near the point of harvest. Offcut weights of males averaged 11.46 kg and comprised 26% of the...
Published: 2001
Pastures are the basis of most forms of agricultural production on the New South Wales central and southern tablelands. Pastures occupy the bulk of the region's landmass and pasture-based livestock production annually contributes more than...
Published: 2002
Published: 2003
We measured vegetation changes inside and outside two exclosures built in 1973 on red calcareous loam soils located in Conkerberry Paddock on Victoria River Research Station in northern Australia. These two exclosures were unburnt since their...
Published: 2003
Published: 2002
Feral goats were harvested in south-western Queensland at four sites under two regimes (opportunistic harvesting and sustained control). We assessed how this impacted on their contribution to total grazing pressure, on soil and pasture conditions...
Published: 2003
There has been substantial loss of biodiversity in the Australian rangelands, and evidence suggests that the attrition is continuing. We argue that rangeland users should be more aware of, and concerned about, this problem: that we are sullying an...