[ASC-media] Free Canberra Public Lecture - Management of invasive plants

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Tue Jul 24 08:22:28 CEST 2012


Dear Asc'ers

The Australian Academy of Science invites you to the next public lecture in the Caring for the Australian Countryside series by Dr Richard Groves on management of invasive plants. The lecture will be on Tuesday 7 August at 6 pm at the Shine Dome in Canberra.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Friday 3 August by visiting the following website and entering your details to complete registration http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/3865594096

If you have any other enquiries about the lecture, please contact Shannon Newham on Shannon.newham at science.org.au<mailto:Shannon.newham at science.org.au>  or 02 6201 9460.

Live streaming of the lecture will also be available through the Academy website from 6 pm on 7 August at www.science.org.au/livestream/<http://www.science.org.au/livestream/>.

Hope you can attend or watch online.
Mona

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The next Science at the Shine Dome event will be held from 29 to 31 May 2013


Management of invasive plants<http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/3865594096>
Tuesday 7 August 2012, 6 pm

Dr Richard Groves
Honorary Research Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry

Since 1908, the Federal Quarantine Act has tried to prevent the introduction to Australia of known invasive plants. Recent revisions to that Act have sought to prevent any plant being introduced unless proven harmless. Currently, Australia has about 27,500 introduced plants; the number of naturalised plant species is about one-tenth of this total and continues to rise linearly. The proportion of the total of known naturalised plants that goes on to become weedy depends on human perceptions of weediness. Richard will quantify the transitions from introduced to naturalised to weedy plants and discuss them in terms of past and present management. Some invasive plants have been introduced accidentally, in the case of agriculture, but more often they have been introduced deliberately as potential pasture plants or for ornamental horticulture and now cost the Australian economy more than $3.5 billion annually. Examples of plant species at different stages of invasion will be presented and their impact on the sustainability of both agricultural and natural systems as well as on human health will be discussed.

Lecture and live streaming from 6pm
Refreshments from 5:30 pm (gold coin donation)
Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
Free entry and parking

RSVPs essential to http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/3865594096
Enter details to complete registration
Other enquiries to Shannon Newham at Shannon.newham at science.org.au<mailto:Shannon.newham at science.org.au> or 02 6201 9462

Biography
Richard Groves trained in agricultural science and plant ecology, obtaining his PhD at the University of Melbourne. Subsequently, Richard's research with CSIRO focussed on both agricultural and natural ecosystems and the effects of invasive plants on them. He worked on the use of plant pathogenic fungi for the biological control of several invasive plants, such as skeleton weed, spiny emex and thistles. His understanding of natural plant communities and their invasion by introduced plants was recognised by his membership from 1984 to 1987 of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SCOPE international program on Biological Invasions. He also led the program on Weeds of Natural Ecosystems in the CRC for Weed Management Systems from 1995 to 2002. Richard was Officer-in-Charge of CSIRO's European Laboratory at Montpellier, France from 1992 to 1995, and he has been a member of the Australian Weeds Committee and the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.


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