Research is a key area in relation to invasive non-native species. It is vital that we underpin policy with a strong evidence base and research outputs help to inform risk assessment, surveillance, detection, monitoring, control and eradication strategies. Applied research is particularly important to help inform and refine control methods as well as for assessing the feasibility of, for example, eradication attempts. Feasibility studies, often involving modelling, are a key tool for assessing the likely costs and probability of success for larger-scale control or eradication efforts.
Research could also provide technological or biological control solutions to help address problems that have hitherto seemed intractable.
The non-native species policy review group considered research priorities and the Monitoring and Risk Assessment Sub-Group produced a list of research needs. More recently, the UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group (UK BRAG) non-native sub-group has listed a series of research priorities for non-native species for the UK.
The Secretariat are currently building a database for research (and management) on non-native species. Click here to find out more and to register your own research project details.