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New assessment scheme for the impact of non-resident species

Invasive alien animal and plant species are a threat to biodiversity on our planet and can also limit the health and well-being of humans. An international team of researchers led by Franz Essl from the University of Vienna and Wolfgang Rabitsch from the Umweltbundesamt have now developed a new assessment scheme that can be used to classify the economic and health effects. The results have recently been published in the journal "Methods in Ecology and Evolution". [read more]

Ragweed is notorious for its highly allergenic pollen. In addition, the species can also lead to massive crop losses in agriculture, as shown here in corn in southern Styria (Copyright: Franz Essl).