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Screening horticultural imports: New models assess plant risk through better analysis
Date:6/28/2012

nagement, for instance in prioritizing rare species for conservation.

Results from the analysis inspired a companion study by Schmidt, Drake and Odum School assistant research scientist Patrick Stephens, in the journal Ecological Applications, which contrasts invasive and rare plants of North America.

Using a much larger data setthe roughly 15,000 species native to the U.S. and Canadathis second study developed predictive models to distinguish species classified as pests together with rankings developed by the Nature Conservancy concerning extinction vulnerability.

"In summary, decisions about allowing plants into the U.S. are being made every day," Schmidt said. "Our models could help to better guide those decisions, potentially saving tens of millions to billions of dollars in costs associated with plant invasions."


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Contact: J.P. Schmidt
jps@uga.edu
706-613-8483
University of Georgia
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