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Hardenbergia native Wisteria. Credit: P Castle

Addressing weeds threats to biodiversity: Theme: Biology

Addressing research priorities

Would you like to undertake high-impact research that really makes a difference? WABSI consults extensively with end users and stakeholders to identify priority biodiversity science knowledge needs. This helps us develop timely and relevant programs that address critical needs and have a strong pathway to adoption.

Developing projects that address key end user priorities can help maximise project funding opportunities and will lift the impact of your research.

To work with the WABSI collaboration of partners in addressing priority issues, submit a project abstract(Please demonstrate a clear alignment with one or more priority knowledge gaps.)


The ecology of more of our most threatening weeds is characterised and leveraged to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of prevention and control programs

More effective use of environmental drivers for improving weed control outcomes via improving
ecosystem resilience

A reduction in the facilitation of weed invasions and threats by biotic factors

New weed incursions at a variety of scales (state, regional, local) are reduced due to a better understanding and management of dispersal risk and invasion pathways

Generate an improved ecological understanding of weed phenology, population dynamics, genetics and seedbank ecology, and weed response to climate change to underpin more effective control
solutions and programs

Characterise how environmental drivers, such as altered water regimes and contemporary fire
regimes, influence weed presence and abundance and in particular how these relationships can be targeted to implement more effective weed control

Quantify how weed impacts are influenced by biotic factors, including both native and non-native

Establish a greater understanding of weed invasion pathways, both natural and human-mediated, and how to mitigate such risks
Research Topic 8: Weed biology, phenology and seed bank dynamics

Research Topic 9: Environmental drivers of weed impacts

Research Topic 10: Biotic facilitation and hindrance of weed invasions

Research Topic 11: Greater clarity on weed invasion pathways


Weed impacts on market and non-market values provided by native biodiversity are identified and
Standardised monitoring and reporting frameworks transform the value of data flowing from weed
management programs, particularly in regard to informing cross-tenure assessments
Proactive management programs are implemented to prevent risky new weed incursions and to
target existing weeds earlier in the invasion curve
Conflict weed species are managed in an evidence-based way where impacts on biodiversity are
prioritised based on a broader understanding of value
Improved quantification of the full range of weed impacts, including market and non-market values
and the relationship between weed abundance and impact
Reform the monitoring of weed management programs to generate a standardised reporting system
for understanding actual outcomes and investment returns
Strengthen our understanding of future weed risks, particularly in regard to climate change, to
underpin proactive management or policy decisions to mitigate risk
Establish an evidence-based approach to conflict weed species that applies compatible and
accountable standards across stakeholder sectors and working together where there is consensus
on issues
Research Topic 12: Quantifying the full range of weed impacts

Research Topic 13: Effective, standardised monitoring of weed control outcomes

Research Topic 14: Understanding future weed risks and impacts

Research Topic 15: An evidence-based approach to conflict species

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