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Invasive Species Management

Horizon scanning for future issues affecting invasive species management: call for participants

Invasive alien species are considered to be a major threat to natural ecosystems, biodiversity, agro-ecosystems and urban areas, and the numerous international agreements that recognise their negative effects reflect worldwide concerns. As in other areas of environmental management, policy makers, practitioners and researchers may not be prepared to deal with unexpected issues affecting invasive species spread or impacts. Alien Futures is a new research project collecting and examining issues that may affect the future global and local management of biological invasions.

The BRIWECS project on winter wheat.

Can agriculture cultivate a new variety of CERN?

There’s an interesting paper out in Trends in Plant Science, The Future of Field Trials in Europe: Establishing a Network Beyond Boundaries by Stützel, Brüggemann, and Inzé. It examines at the challenges facing agricultural stations at the moment. They look at large science infrastructure projects in other fields and ask if something similar could be done for agriculture. Pooling resources means large projects can be built that are beyond the funds of any single university.

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