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Invasive Species and Biosecurity in Tropical Australia

Invasive Species and Biosecurity in Tropical Australia

Background: Tropical Queensland is a hotspot of opportunity for the introduction of invasive species - such as tropical weeds, plant pathogens, invasive ants, Asian honey bees, and other pests - with millions of dollars spent on control efforts to date.

In terms of landscape epidemiology, this flagship will assess how land-use changes affect disease vectors such as mosquitos and ticks and will monitor selected wildlife species such as birds as potential pathogen hosts.

A priority will be assessing the potential for land-use change, including habitat fragmentation and the expansion of agriculture and irrigation projects in north Queensland, to increase disease vectors.


Goals: This flagship has two major foci:

(a) the ecology and control of invasive species in far north Queensland; and

(b) landscape epidemiology and infectious diseases.


Flagship Coordinators: Lori Lach and Susan Laurance


TESS Team Members:

Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Sciences

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