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Revised benefits and costs of eradicating the red imported fire ant

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Antony, G., Scanlan, J.C., Francis, A., Kloessing, K. and Nguyen, Y. (2009) Revised benefits and costs of eradicating the red imported fire ant. In: 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 10–13 February, Cairns.

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Article Link: http://purl.umn.edu/48151

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The paper revisits estimates of cost/benefit for eradication in Australia provided in 2001 which were based largely on information about a US ecosystem. The study had two major components; spread modelling using a cellular automation model provided by Joe Scanlan and an impact analysis undertaken by the remaining authors. The revised figures provided in this study increased the damage estimate from $2.8 billion to $45 billion and the benefit-cost ratio of eradication efforts improved from 25:1 to 390:1.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:QPIF, Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:© Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
Keywords:Fire ant; eradication; cost-benefit analysis; modelling; pest impacts.
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Economic entomology
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Impact assessment
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling > Animal
Live Archive:16 Nov 2009 04:03
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:48

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