Image: Invasive weeds in the Adelaide Hills.
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At-risk native plants worldwide have gained a new ally in their losing battle against aggressive and insidious feral weeds. International scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at The University of Queensland and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany) have developed a database with in-depth information on over 600 plant species, including the black pine, prickly cactus, thyme, milkweed, wild garlic and baby root orchid. Called the “COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database”, it is currently the world’s largest open-access source of endangered, native and feral plant demographics. Lead researcher Roberto Salguero-Gómez from CEED said that with the data free and available in a single website, scientists and park managers can use it to better protect native plants and national parks against threats from weeds and climate change. “Invasive weeds are a major threat to native plants and animals worldwide, and are an extremely costly problem. These weeds compete with native plants for space, nutrients and sunlight, wreck our soil and poison our livestock.”

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions

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Image credit: Peripitus, via Wikimedia Commons