Weed Risk Assessments Are an Effective Component of Invasion Risk Management

Doria R. Gordon, S. Luke Flory, Deah Lieurance, Philip E. Hulme, Chris Buddenhagen, Barney Caton, Paul D. Champion, Theresa M. Culley, Curt Daehler, Franz Essl, Jeffrey E. Hill, Reuben P. Keller, Lisa Kohl, Anthony L. Koop, Sabrina Kumschick, David M. Lodge, Richard N. Mack, Laura A. Meyerson, Godshen R. Pallipparambil, F. Dane PanettaRead Porter, Petr Pysek, Lauren D. Quinn, David M. Richardson, Daniel Simberloff, Montserrat Vila

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Smith et al. (2015) recently proposed that weed risk assessments (WRA) systems "are unable to accurately address broad, intraspecific variation and that species introduced for agronomic purposes pose special limitations." This conclusion is drawn from their application of the Australian (A-WRS) and U.S. (US-WRA) weed reis assessment systems to evaluate proposed bioenergy crops, cultivated crops, and know invasive nonnative plants. We do not believe that this conclusion is robust and question the approach and outcome of their comparative study. Our view is that this study misrepresents the utility of WRA tools...
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalInvasive Plant Science and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


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