Which Eucalyptus are High Risk?

Eucalyptus are being considered as possible biofuel and timber crops in tropical and subtropical parts of the United States.  A group of researchers assessed 38 Eucalyptus species currently being tested and cultivated in the U.S. for their risk of becoming invasive.  They used a modification of the Australian Weed Risk Assessment protocol.  14 of the 38 taxa were found to be high risk.

Doria R. Gordon, S. Luke Flory, Aimee L. Cooper, & Sarah K. Morris. 2012. Assessing the invasion risk of Eucalyptus in the United States using the Australian weed risk assessment. International Journal of Forestry Research, 2012 Issue, pp 1-7, doi:10.1155/2012/203768

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