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'Bio-insecurities': Managing demand for potentially invasive plants in the bioeconomy

Ferdinands, Keith, Virtue, John, Johnson, Stephen and Setterfield, Samantha (2011). 'Bio-insecurities': Managing demand for potentially invasive plants in the bioeconomy. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability,3(1-2):43-49.

Document type: Journal Article

ISI LOC 000289496900008
IRMA ID 82057923xPUB25
Title 'Bio-insecurities': Managing demand for potentially invasive plants in the bioeconomy
Author Ferdinands, Keith
Virtue, John
Johnson, Stephen
Setterfield, Samantha
Journal Name Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 1-2
ISSN 1877-3435   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-79952620954
Start Page 43
End Page 49
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd. * Current Opinion Journals
HERDC Category C2 - Journal Article - Other contributions to refereed journal (internal)
Abstract The growth of the bioeconomy, and in particular the debate regarding the use of biofuels, highlights how innovation in agriculture driven by new policy initiatives, with the best of intentions (e.g. reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels), may have unintended consequences. These unintended consequences include a variety of socioeconomic and environmental impacts that arise because of a decoupling of agricultural/industrial growth or innovation from consideration of environmental and social impacts. This issue is not new and has long existed in relation to the use of alien plants for production or ornamental purposes—hence our use of the term ‘bio-insecurities’. We discuss the role and refinements needed in existing weed risk management systems and existing policies to achieve a more sustainable and defensible approach to the use of alien plants in the bioeconomy.

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