Modelling the invasion potential and socio-economic impact of allergy-inducing plants in Austria in relation to climate change

This is a collaborative project led by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety with the Federal Environment Agency and the Department of Economics, University of Klagenfurt, as additional partners The objectives of the project are to model the future distribution of the allergy-inducing plant species Iva xanthiifolia, Artemisia annua and Ambrosia trifida in Austria and neighbouring European countries based on their current distribution and the reconstruction of their invasion history. A cost-benefit analysis of different containment and control options is used to provide recommendations for a proactive management strategy for relevant stakeholders and policy-makers.

Funding: Austrian Research Panel on Climate Change
Project start: January 2011
Project time: 24 months

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