Draft risk analysis report for the release of Puccinia rapipes for the biological control of Lycium ferocissimum

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We are conducting a risk analysis for the proposed release of the rust fungus Puccinia rapipes into Australia. The purpose of this release is to control African boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum), a Weed of National Significance (WONS). African boxthorn is a difficult and costly to control agricultural and environmental weed in Australia.

You are invited to provide comments on the draft report. In particular, on the proposal to release Puccinia rapipes for the biological control of Lycium ferocissimum.

Submit your comments by 10 November 2021.

To make a submission:

  • read the draft report PDF [808 KB]
  • submit your feedback or upload a document via our online form.

We will consider all comments before preparing the final report.

Image: Spiny evergreen shrub of boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum) with attractive smooth rounded red berries growing near the Mediterranean sea with clear blue water on Nissi beach in Ayia Napa in Cyprus.


We are conducting a risk analysis for the proposed release of the rust fungus Puccinia rapipes into Australia. The purpose of this release is to control African boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum), a Weed of National Significance (WONS). African boxthorn is a difficult and costly to control agricultural and environmental weed in Australia.

You are invited to provide comments on the draft report. In particular, on the proposal to release Puccinia rapipes for the biological control of Lycium ferocissimum.

Submit your comments by 10 November 2021.

To make a submission:

  • read the draft report PDF [808 KB]
  • submit your feedback or upload a document via our online form.

We will consider all comments before preparing the final report.

Image: Spiny evergreen shrub of boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum) with attractive smooth rounded red berries growing near the Mediterranean sea with clear blue water on Nissi beach in Ayia Napa in Cyprus.