11 Apr 2011

Alligator weed infestation found

1:27 pm on 11 April 2011

Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff are working with a farmer near Taneatua, to control an infestation of alligator weed on his property.

The South American aquatic weed which also grows on land, is aggressive and quickly multiplies from a small stem to a dense tangle of roots up to 1 metre deep.

The council says that alligator weed could have a serious effect on waterways and farming operations if it gets established.

It's already widespread in Northland and has also been found in the Auckland region and Waikato.