Dr Victor Galea says if the science proves successful in helping stop the spread of Parkinsonia, the technology will be adapted for use on different weeds. (ABC News: Eric Tlozek)
Dr Victor Galea says if the science proves successful in helping stop the spread of Parkinsonia, the technology will be adapted for use on different weeds. (ABC News: Eric Tlozek)

Scientists at the University of Queensland in Gatton hope stopping the spread of woody weeds in Australia could be as simple as prescribing a pill.

Researchers are preparing to produce a pilot batch of a bioherbicide that is inserted into the trunk of a weed tree, killing it.

UQ Gatton Plant Pathology associate professor Dr Victor Galea said the inoculation technique itself was quite simple.

"It relies on drilling a hole in the tree and inserting a capsule and then sealing that capsule into the tree," Dr Galea said.

Inside the capsule is a native fungus that has fatal consequences for the weed plant.

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