Moderate resistance risk
Globally, herbicide resistance to the Group M herbicide mode of action has been confirmed and documented in more than 30 weed species across more than 25 countries.
Resistance to Group M herbicides is significant given it is the most important and most widely used herbicide.
Group M resistance occurs in Australia in more than 1,000 populations of annual ryegrass, more than 200 populations of awnless barnyard grass, brome grass, more than 50 populations of common sow thistle, feathertop Rhodes grass, more than 100 populations of flax-leaf fleabane, liverseed grass, sweet summer grass, wild radish and windmill grass.
The following factors are common to all cases of Group M resistance:
Given the very important role of glyphosate in Australian farming systems, the Australian agricultural industry has developed strategies for sustainable use of glyphosate. For more information refer to the Australian Glyphosate Sustainability Working Group website http://www.glyphosateresistance.org.au
A number of these cases of resistance to glyphosate have occurred in horticultural (vines, tree crops & vegetables) and non-cropping situations (eg. airstrips, railways, firebreaks, fencelines, roadsides, driveways, irrigation ditches, around sheds), with the balance occurring in no-till broadacre cropping systems.
To assist in delaying the onset of resistance, consider alternating Group M herbicides with herbicides from other modes of action, such as Group L (eg paraquat), Group N (eg glufosinate) or Group Q (eg amitrole).
Given the demonstrated propensity of weeds to develop resistance to multiple herbicide classes, Integrated Weed Management principles should be incorporated wherever possible to minimise the risk of selecting for glyphosate resistance. Strategies may include the use of cultivation, the double knock technique (1), strategic herbicide rotation, grazing, baling etc.
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The above recommendations should be incorporated into an Integrated Weed Management (IWM) program. In all cases try to ensure surviving weeds from any treatment do no set and shed viable seed. Keep to integrated strategies mentioned in this brochure including rotation of mode of action groups. Make sure you rotate between products from different mode of action groups. Always consult the product label prior to use.
CHEMICAL FAMILY ACTIVE CONSTITUENT (FIRST REGISTERED TRADE NAME)
GROUP M Inhibitors of 5-enolpyruvyl shikimate-3 phosphate (EPSP) synthase
Glycines: glyphosate (Arsenal Xpress®*, Broadway®*, Firestorm®*, Illico®*, Resolva®*, Roundup®, Tough Roundup® Weedkiller*, Trounce®*, Yates Pathweeder®*)
* This product contains more than one active constituent
List of chemical families, approved active constituents and, in parenthesis, the trade name of the first registered product or successor. Refer to the APVMA website (www.apvma.gov.au) to obtain a complete list of registered products from the PUBCRIS database.
Content last updated: June 28, 2019