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- Mobile apps and online databases revolutionize how we collect data on harmful invaders.
- Small, newly established invasive weed populations can expand at rates of up to 60 percent per year.
- Early detection creates opportunities to eradicate new invasive weeds.
An effective program for “early detection, rapid response” will incorporate these seven important steps.
- Identify. Both scientists and lay people are taught to identify problem plants.
- Report. Online tools make it easy to submit information on a sighting.
- Verify. Scientists validate reports of suspected invasive species.
- Review. Data is used to keep tabs on the geography of an infestation – where the invasive weed has been spotted and how quickly it is spreading.
- Assess. Experts evaluate the risk of the infestation to natural ecosystems, crops and the economy.
- Establisha plan. An integrated plan is developed for managing the infestation.
- Rapidly respond. The plan is quickly implemented and there is ongoing monitoring to gauge the effectiveness of control efforts.
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