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The Weed Spotters’ Network Queensland: involving citizen scientists in the early detection of new and emerging weeds
EP23638
Poster Title: The Weed Spotters’ Network Queensland: involving citizen scientists in the early detection of new and emerging weeds
Submitted on 13 Nov 2015
Author(s): Melinda Laidlaw, Ailsa Holland and Gordon Guymer
Affiliations: Queensland Herbarium
This poster was presented at Maximising the Capacity of Citizen Science for Science and Society: A Fenner Conference on the Environment
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Abstract: Weeds cost the Australian economy $4 billion each year in lost agricultural production, management and control activities. Our natural ecosystems, flora and fauna are also adversely impacted, as is human and animal health. A significant time lag can exist between the initial naturalisation of a non-native species and its expansion to cause significant economic, environmental and social impacts. Detection of a new weed in the early phases of expansion via active surveillance can make the difference between achieving eradication or inheriting an ongoing, costly and time consuming management issue.

Members of the Weed Spotters’ Network Queensland are involved in active surveillance for new and emerging weed threats across the state. Members are trained to help find, collect and document new occurrences of potential and existing weeds at an early stage. Weed specimens are sent by members to the Queensland Herbarium for formal identification and where appropriate, incorporation into the Herbarium collection. This allows new weed incursions to be identified, mapped and notified to Biosecurity Queensland and local government staff so that appropriate and timely action can be taken. This data also allows spatial and temporal monitoring of weed incursions. The network currently has 21 volunteer regional coordinators and over 900 members across the state. Members contribute to the notification of incursions of between 50 and 100 declared weeds, as well as the incorporation of many hundreds of specimens into the Queensland Herbarium’s collection each year.
Summary: Members of the Weed Spotters’ Network Queensland are involved in active surveillance for new and emerging weed threats across the state. Report abuse »
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