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1 Controlling Gunnera tinctoria
Where are we today? By: Cristina Armstrong and Bruce Osborne

2 Background Gunnera tinctoria is an invasive plant to the west of Ireland. Established on Achill Island, possibly over 100 years. Native to Southern regions of South America, similar climatic conditions Large herbaceaous perennial plant growing over 2m tall and with up to 2m wide leaves.

3 Outline Started in 2006 – Msc at UCD (Control & Mapping)
Greenhouse experiments Field experiments Mapping Eradication?

4 Mapping Using field boundaries as a site:
Presence/absence of G. tinctoria marked out. At each site: Percentage cover Stand Type‏ Size (L,M,S)‏ Habitat

5 0.69 km2 4.2 km2 = 0.46 % = 2.9 % Total Area Invaded
Area = 55 football pitches!!

6 Rivers and Waterways

7 Distribution along rivers

8 Roadsides and paths

9 Distribution along roadsides

10 Distribution within 50 m of buildings

11 Agricultural land

12 Peat bogs

13 Quarries and disturbed land


15 Heath

16 Coastal Cliffs

17 Possible means of spread
Short range dispersal Seed falls near parent plant Long range dispersal Rivers and roads Habitat corridors Disturbance Birds

18 Greenhouse Experiments
Before Concentration of RoundUp RoundUp V Garlon Leaf area After Recommended concentration Garlon fast-acting Leaf area not significant

19 Field Experiments 1. 4 x 4 m plots RoundUp Two methods of application:
Cut and Paint Cut and Injection 2. RoundUp V Garlon Timing of application Selective

20 Results Re-application needed after 2 years!! 96% 83% 61% 75%

21 When is the best time to apply?
Early applications were not successful


23 How to treat each plant Cut, Inject and Spray

24 Current Work Eradication on Clare Island
Biodiversity Grant (Heritage Council) Mapping Methods used in experiment Island involvement Future monitoring

25 Conclusions Main habitats invaded:
Agricultural land Waterways Roadsides Disturbed land Hypothesised that disturbance is facilitating the spread. Re-application of treatments required Other measures of control (physical, biological)

26 Acknowledgements Bruce Osborne for his supervision.
Javier, Angeles, Noeleen, Ale, Margherita, Mark, Lisa, Michael Bob and John for all their field assistance. Ray for his advice on greenhouse expt. Mayo County Council. - Carmel & Louise in GIS - Deirdre Cunningham Heritage Council – Funding

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