Plant Protection Quarterly – Our scope, audience, history and future.

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Dr Stephen Johnson

Managing Editor, Plant Protection Quarterly

Cite this article as:

Johnson, S.B. (2012). Plant Protection Quarterly – our scope, audience, history and future. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 2.

What we are about

Plant Protection Quarterly is an Australian peer reviewed journal which enjoys an international reputation for publishing original research papers on all aspects of plant protection. Previous papers have included basic and applied research on the protection of economic, environmental and societal values from weeds/invasive plants, pathogens and disease, and other pests including insects and nematodes. Papers are accepted on factors that affect plant production or protection (including conservation) including salinity, herbicides, biological control agents and the management of these factors. We encourage papers on extension methodology and practice to address these problems.

A key aspect of the journal is to publish the widely recognised ‘Biology of Australian Weeds’ series with the 59th article in this series following (Breaden et al. 2012).

Who we are for

As a source of current information and the latest research, Plant Protection Quarterly is for anyone with an interest in any aspect of plant protection. This includes research, policy and extension staff; consultants and advisers; weed, disease and pest managers; environmental land managers, chemical resellers and equipment manufacturers. Importantly it includes those who work in all aspects primary production including agriculture, forestry and horticulture; environmental protection and land management; and those who help protect society from the impact of weeds, pathogens and pests.

Where we have come from

Plant Protection Quarterly has a long and rich heritage. First published in 1985 Plant Protection Quarterly owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Rob and Fiona Richardson, who, from 1988, have grown the journal to what it is today (Parsons 1985, Richardson 1988). Plant Protection Quarterly was born of the journal Australian Weeds (Swarbrick 1981), it publishing some of the aspects once found in The Journal of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science (Vincent 1987). In 2011 Rob and Fiona announced that although they will continue to produce and publish specialist plant publications, they would like to spend more time pursuing other interests.

Where we are going to

From 2012, Plant Protection Quarterly will be published by Polymeria Publishing, based in Orange, New South Wales, Australia.

Dr Stephen Johnson will undertake the role of Managing Editor.

A new Editorial and Advisory Panel has been appointed consisting of:

Editorial Panel

Dr Dane Panetta, Editor Biology of Australian Weeds;

Mr Bernard Dominiak, Editor Biosecurity;

Assistant Professor Paul Downey, Editor Environmental Weeds;

Mr Royce Holtkamp, Editor Biological Control; and

Dr Rex Stanton, Editor Weeds of Farming Systems.

Advisory Panel

Emeritus Professor Bruce Auld, Charles Stuart University, Orange;

Professor Jim Pratley, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga;

Mr Robert Richardson, Former Publisher and Editor of Plant Protection Quarterly, Meredith;

Professor Brian Sindel, University of New England, Armidale;

Dr John Virtue, Manager of NRM Biosecurity, Biosecurity South Australia, Adelaide.

Polymeria Publishing always invites new papers to be considered for publishing in Plant Protection Quarterly.

This issue

This issue contains one review and four research reports. The Biology of Australian Weeds review on Clidemia hirta (Koster’s curse), a nationally cost-shared weed eradication target in Australia, will provide valuable support to management both here and throughout the world (Breaden et al. 2012).

Two of the four research reports focus on weeds, the other two on insects and their management. The first weeds article details the distribution and density of Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata (bitou bush) in eastern Australia (Hamilton et al. 2012) while the second, the frequency of herbicide resistance in ryegrass and other grass species in Tasmania (Broster et al. 2012). Of the insect articles, the first outlines the seasonal abundance of thrips in south-eastern Queensland (Walsh et al. 2012), while the second reviews the use of male annihilation blocks used to control Bactrocera tryoni (Queensland fruit fly) (Dominiak and Nicol 2012). All of the articles provide crucial new information to aid the management of these plant protection issues.


Breaden, R.C., Brooks, S.J. and Murphy, H.T. (2012). The Biology of Australian Weeds 59. Clidemia hirta (L.) D. Don. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 3-18.

Broster, J.C., Koetz, E.A. and Wu, H. (2012). Herbicide resistance frequencies in ryegrass (Lolium spp.) and other grass species in Tasmania. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 36-42.

Dominiak, B.C. and Nicol, H.I. (2012). Chemical analysis of male annihilation blocks used in the control of Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) in New South Wales. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 31-5.

Hamilton, M.A., Winkler, M.A., Cherry, H. and Downey, P.O. (2012). Changes in the distribution and density of bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera subsp. rotundata (DC.) T.Norl.) in eastern Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 23-30.

Parsons, W.T. (1985). Vale Australian Weeds, Welcome Plant Protection Quarterly. Plant Protection Quarterly 1(1), 2.

Richardson, R.G. (1988). Under New Management. Plant Protection Quarterly 4(1), 2.

Swarbrick, J.T. (1981). Why an Australian weeds journal? Australian Weeds 1(1), 2.

Vincent, J.M. (1987). The Journal – History and Change. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science 53(4), 227.

Walsh, B., Maltby, J.E., Nolan, B. and Kay, I. (2012). Seasonal abundance of thrips (Thysanoptera) in capsicum and chilli crops in south-east Queensland, Australia. Plant Protection Quarterly 27(1), 19-22.


First published online: March 1, 2012