"Shamefully, Australia has one of the highest extinction rates in the world.
And the number one threat to our species is invasive or “alien” plants and
But invasive species don’t just cause extinctions and biodiversity loss – they
also create a serious economic burden. Our research, published today, reveals
invasive species have cost the Australian economy at least A$390 billion in the
last 60 years alone.
Our paper – the most detailed assessment of its type ever published in this
country – also reveals feral cats are the worst invasive species in terms of
total costs, followed by rabbits and fire ants.
Without urgent action, Australia will continue to lose billions of dollars
every year on invasive species."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics