How well are we currently dealing with contentious plants?
Friedel, M. H.; Grice, T.; Clarkson, J. R.; Ferdinands, K.; Setterfield, S. A.
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, PO Box 2111, Alice Springs, NT 0871, Australia.
17th Australasian weeds conference. New frontiers in New Zealand: together we can beat the weeds. Christchurch, New Zealand, 26-30 September, 2010 2010 pp. 470-473
New Zealand Plant Protection Society, Hastings, New Zealand
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Australia has a number of introduced plant species that are (or potentially are) commercially valuable and invasive. There has been little effort to date to explore better ways of countering the negative effects of species that are used for production whilst continuing to enable commercial exploitation. Policies that work for weeds in general are not always appropriate and policies that should allow better management are not always implemented. There are presently few tools for investigating true benefits and costs and for encouraging appropriate management. Well thought out criteria for determining the success of management strategies are lacking. We summarise the current situation.