National electronic modelling network for pest, disease and weed management

  • 37 pages

  • Published: 1 Apr 2002

  • Author(s): Sutherst, Robert W, Dr

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This publication reports progress in the development of the national collaborative modelling networks to support IPM decision making around Australia. It shows how over 120 researchers and managers have been exposed to the benefits of adopting an approach that is based on a quantified understanding of the ecology and management of a species, supported by simulation models which allow that knowledge to be rigorously tested and then applied widely. While significant impacts have been made in a number of areas, there is still much to be done if a national approach to pest management is to be adopted in Australia. The project started with a very small base and so has just reached the initial growth phase after which it is essential to develop a critical mass of users in order to ensure widespread adoption and participation by all leading decision makers.