15 February 2012
Catching killer weeds and invasive species has just got easier with geographic profiling (GP), a statistical tool that tracks wanted criminals, a QM study reveals. A team led by Steven Le Comber has shown that GP can also identify the source of invasive animals and plants, such as Giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. GP uses the locations of linked crimes (murder or arson etc), to identify the predicted location of the offender's residence, the journal Ecography reported. Invasive species are now viewed as the second most important driver of world biodiversity loss behind habitat destruction.