IUFRO Spotlight #19 – 2014 IUFRO World Congress
'Citizen science': A way to fight invasive species?
And at the 24th IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City this fall, a session on the "societal impacts of invasive forest pathogens and pests", will be presented by organizers Matteo Garbelotto of the University of California at Berkeley, USA; Giles Hardy of Murdoch University, Australia; and Paolo Gonthier of the University of Turin, Italy.
The organizers note that anything that has an economic impact has a societal impact, but there are many issues related to loss of plant hosts that can have a serious cultural impact with no apparent economic impact.
One of the motivations for the symposium is to alert the scientific community to the need to work more closely with stakeholders and the public to better explain what the non-economic loss of a tree can mean to different social groups.
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