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California Invasive Plant Research Needs Assessment

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Ramona Robison
California Botany, 1925 Meer Way, Sacramento, CA 95822
Steve Schoenig
California Department of Fish and Game, 1807 13th Street, Suite 202, Sacramento, CA 95811
Douglas W. Johnson
California Invasive Plant Council, 1442-A Walnut St. #462, Berkeley, CA 94709
Elizabeth Brusati
California Invasive Plant Council, 1442-A Walnut St. #462, Berkeley, CA 94709
Joseph M. DiTomaso*
Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA 95616
Corresponding author's E-mail:


This project summarizes the opinion of 52 experts on the future research needs in the area of invasive plants in California. Experts included academics at private and public universities, Cooperative Extension educators, land managers, members of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), employees of restoration companies, and federal, state, and local agency personnel. Surveys were conducted through in-person interviews, written questionnaires, and workshops. The objective was to identify high-priority needs for future research on issues related to invasive plants in California's wildlands. More specifically, the goals were to (1) create a forum for assessing high-priority research needs, (2) guide future research toward these high-priority needs, and (3) facilitate connections and interactions among academic disciplines and between researchers and practitioners by increasing awareness of the range of ongoing research on invasive plants. Priority needs were chosen for 10 broad research topic areas, with specific subtopics addressed within each of these areas. In addition to noting specific research areas, there was a general need expressed for a synthesis of existing scientific information, particularly about the biology and ecology of invasive plants and the ecological impacts, control and management tools, restoration activities, and related social issues surrounding invasive plants. A mutual exchange of information was also considered important among the academic researcher and the field practitioner, as was the development of more effective training programs for land managers.

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