Source: Allen Press
 
Containing or eradicating an invasive plant species isn't as simple as pulling weeds. Bioeconomics apply because determining the best approach to managing a weed invasion depends on the amount of investment that can or will be made. The interplay of biological, operational, economic and sociopolitical factors — not just the weeds themselves — determines the final outcome of a weed management program.
 
"Weed Eradication — An Economic Perspective" appears in the October-December 2009 issue of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management. The author states that eradicating a weed population is often a better economic strategy than containing the invasion. Containing or controlling the level of impact of weed invasions can require a permanent, ongoing investment of resources. Eradication is more cost-effective, but only if it is feasible.


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