A new research program, released today by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) entitled “Addressing Weed Threats to Biodiversity” will enhance an understanding of weeds, their impact on native biodiversity and control options to reduce the threats.
The program prioritises eight focal areas for research and was developed by WABSI through consultation with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure that research meets the critical needs of end users across the State. It will deliver a range of environmental, economic and social benefits including, raising public awareness of the need to prioritise high impact weed control programs across land tenures. It will also help improve efficiencies in early stage weed control to mitigate threats to biodiversity.
Minister for Environment and Climate Action, Amber-Jade Sanderson said:
“The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute is to be congratulated for its efforts to raise awareness about the threat weeds pose to biodiversity.”
Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia, launched the program at a virtual event on 21st October 2021 and said:
“We need a better understanding of all measures of weed impacts, so we can be more proactive with weed control. A deeper knowledge of weed ecology and impacts, through research, will enable us to target how we deliver weed control methods.”
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