Changing patterns in plant invastions—Qaecologists unlock the power of the 21st century herbarium

Patterson’s curse (Echium plantagineum) collected at Deniliquin, Australia, in 1897, by an unknown collecter and possible bushranger. Courtesy ALA

Herbaria are more relevant than ever.

Led by Aaron Dodd, Qaecologists and friends used 3 million specimen in the ‘virtual’ herbarium at the Atlas of Living Australia to study a 4 billion dollar national problem: invasive plants. You won’t believe what they found! [Actually, yes, you will, because the results are supported by good science, and we’ll tell you them now—ed]

The invasive plants entering Australia are becoming more diverse and are arriving from all corners of the globe.

Read more about it over at that wonderful resource the Atlas of Living Australia’s blog, or  if you’re super keen: here’s the paper.

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