Controlling blackberry is a long-term project and generally cannot be achieved by one-off strategies, particularly for larger infestations.

Managing blackberry is long-term and generally cannot be achieved by one-off strategies, particularly for larger infestations. The three main management options available for blackberry include physical control, biological control and herbicides.

A control program should be well planned to consider all the available management options and to ensure they are appropriately integrated for maximum control.

Information on a new non-chemical demonstration site, located in North East Victoria, near the township of Towong can be found here.

For further detailed information on each of the control practices, please refer to the BLACKBERRY CONTROL MANUAL – management and control options for blackberry ‘Rubus spp.’

In Australia, read the summary publication – BEST PRACTICE BLACKBERRY CONTROL: Options for Blackberry Control – Chemical/Physical; explore the informative FEATURE PANEL LINKS below and visit our RESOURCE COLLECTION.

Herbicides are highly effective tools for controlling blackberry, and their use is the most reliable method for achieving local eradication.

Helpful tips to consider when using herbicides to control blackberries. Get information on when to spray and herbicide application.

Five Considerations When Selecting A Herbicide & Situations For Specific Herbicides.

Currently the only biological control agent tested and released into Australia is the leaf rust fungus.

Explore controlling blackberry weed using a range of physical control methods.

The non-chemical demonstration site is located in North East Victoria.


Want to catch up on the latest from leading scientists, government and community about the impact and control of invasive species, and more importantly, what is on the horizon in innovative research? Then it’s a good time to view the presentations delivered at our recent forum: FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT – […]


Join us on Friday, 15 March. Now is the time to register for the Invasive Species Forum:FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENTBRINGING SCIENCE AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER 15 March 2024, 9am-3pmMelbourne Museum – Tree Tops Venue This is an opportunity to hear from leading scientists, government and community about the impact and control of invasive species, and more […]


VBT PROGRESS REPORT 2023 CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT 2022-2023 The main objective of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT) is to oversee implementation of the Victorian Blackberry Strategy (VBS), with the key goal to reduce the growth and spread of blackberry across Victoria. The emphasis is on education, advocacy and providing accessible information and support for public and […]


How do we achieve effective biological control of invasive European Blackberry? Dr Robin Adair, Australis Biological & Dr Rae Kwong, Biocontrol Scientist, DEECA In Australia, invasive European blackberry consists of a complex of around 18 recognised species and a range of hybrids, which collectively are amalgamated into Rubus fruticosus sp. agg. The first introductions to […]


The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce (VBT) has successfully applied for the Federal Government’s Partnerships Against Pests Pilot project funding. The project funding will enable the VBT to continue engaging with community as landholders seek blackberry control information. The initiative includes an Invasive Species Forum, several blackberry control demonstrations, and a case study. The Invasive Species Forum […]

VBT NEWS 13 – SEPT 2023

VBT NEWS 12 – DECEMBER 2022 The latest edition of the VBT News is now available online. Queensland Fruit Fly linked to European Blackberry The VBT funded project investigating the link between Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) and European blackberry has found evidence that QFF uses European blackberry as a host. The VBT will adopt all […]


Victoria’s four Community Pest Management Groups (CPMGs) have been chosen to receive the Australian Biosecurity Award (ABA) in Canberra recently. The ABA’s recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have shown commitment to supporting and promoting Australian biosecurity and the systems that underpin it. The CPMGs were nominated by Agriculture Victoria to receive an award under […]


WOODNOOK PROJECT PROGRESSING The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce has teamed up with some unusual partners to tackle the increasing prevalence of blackberry along a section of Dixons Creek – goats. The VBT provided funding to the Northern Yarra Landcare Network’s Woodnook Project in 2022 where a combination of goats, relocatable fencing and chemical control are being […]


Blackberries – there are no boundaries. Be a good neighbour by controlling your blackberries. It spreads quickly to neighbouring land decreasing productivity and native habitat. Reduce the impact on land around you. Talk to your neighbours and work together. Develop your blackberry control plan and stick to it. There are plenty of control methods to […]


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