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ERS Launches Invasive Species Initiative   [open pdf - 108KB]

"An 'invasive species' is one that is alien to the ecosystem an causes harm to the economy, the environment, or human health. Unintentionally transported from one country to another, invasive species can be particularly damaging to agriculture, as recent instances of karnal bunt in wheat and Exotic Newcastle Disease in poultry have demonstrated. The rising potential for invasive pest incidents, brought about by increased global commerce, prompted ERS to launch a research program on the economics of invasive species policies and programs that affect food, agriculture, or natural resources, and are managed by the USDA. The research program, which will be supported by extramural research agreements with universities and other external cooperators, covers three critical topic areas: the economics of trade and invasive species; bioeconomic risk assessments of alternative pests and diseases; and policies to manage damage caused by invasive species."

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2003-04
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Amber Waves (April 2003), v.1 no.2, p.9
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