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Social factors influencing landholder management of silverleaf nightshade


Higgins, V and Herbert, K and Bowden, P and Wu, H and Behrendt, K, Social factors influencing landholder management of silverleaf nightshade, Twentieth Australasian Weeds Conference, 11-15 September 2016, Perth, Australia, pp. 55-58. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav.) is recognised as one of the world’s worst agricultural weeds. Yet, little is known about the broader social drivers or barriers that influence farmer adoption of particular control strategies. To better understand these drivers and barriers, individual semistructured interviews were conducted with 18 farmers involved in the management of silverleaf nightshade (SLN) across four Australian states. Findings from this research reveal that the most significant driver for landholders to control SLN is the potential implications for property value in the district if SLN is not properly controlled. Time and associated labour costs represent the main challenges in controlling SLN, but they do not act as a barrier to ongoing control due to the high importance placed by farmers on controlling SLN. Based upon these findings, the paper makes three key recommendations for future SLN extension.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:silverleaf nightshade; farming; social drivers and barriers; best management practices
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural land management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
UTAS Author:Higgins, V (Professor Vaughan Higgins)
ID Code:124687
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-03-04
Last Modified:2022-05-16

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