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Model built to predict adverse impacts of ecosystem changes

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Queensland system considers how native species will be affected by removal of invasive species

 An environmental modelling system that can predict and prevent unintended consequences of interventions such as pest eradication has been developed by University of Queensland scientists.

They have used ecological population data to build modelling that can help determine whether native species will be affected by the removal of introduced species such as foxes. Early results have shown that the model has a 70 per cent accuracy in forecasting adverse impacts.

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