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Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources
Year : 2013, Volume : 26, Issue : 3
First page : ( 245) Last page : ( 248)
Print ISSN : 0971-8184. Online ISSN : 0976-1926.

Risk Analysis - A Biosecurity Tool to Assess Weed Potential of a Plant

Singh Mool Chand1,*, Yaduraju NT2, Priyadarshi Madhu Bala3

1Division of Plant Quarantine, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi-110012

2International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics, Patancheru-502319

3AKMU Cell, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi-110012

*Author for Correspondence: E-mail: mcsingh@nbpgr.ernet.in

Online published on 15 February, 2014.

Abstract

Seeds and planting materials of different plant species are being imported into India. Many of these have the potential to become agricultural or environmental weeds and this risk needs to be assessed before allowing their entry. Weed risk assessment method was judged on its ability to correctly reject weeds and accept non-weeds. Out of 170 plants tested, a total of 40% plants were classified as serious weeds, 30% as common weeds and remaining 30% were non weeds. The system is designed to be operated by plant quarantine officers. The weed risk assessment system with explicit scoring of biological, ecological and geographical attributes is a useful tool for detecting potentially invasive weeds in other areas of the world.

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Keywords

Plant quarantine, Seeds, Score, Weed, Weed risk assessment.

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