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Catching killer weeds easier with geographic profiling


Tracking weeds and invasive species is now easier thanks to geographic profiling (GP), a statistical tool used to track wanted offenders, a QM study shows. A team led by Steven Le Comber has shown that GP can also identify the origin of invasive animals and plants such as giant knotweed and Japanese knotweed. GP uses the locations of related crimes (murders, arsons, etc.) to determine the intended residence of the criminal, as reported in Ecography magazine. Invasive species are now considered the second most important factor in global biodiversity loss, after habitat destruction.

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