Tag Archives: European starling

Population genetic tools for pest management: a review

Population genetic tools have the potential to answer key questions in pest management including quantifying the number of genetically distinct populations represented in an invasion, the number of individuals present, whether populations are expanding or contracting, identifying the origin of invasive individuals, the number of separate introduction events that have occurred and in which order, […]

Starlicide – The benifits, risks and industry need for DRC-1339 in Australia.

Common or European starlings are a significant introduced pest bird of agriculture in Australia that account for estimated production losses of at least $10 M per annum. The species is widespread in south-eastern Australia, and has been reported to inflict high levels of damage to viticulture, horticulture and livestock production industries, as well as being […]

Out on the border: Keeping starlings out of Western Australia

The European starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is listed as one of the world’s worst 100 invasive alien species by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). Starlings represent a significant biosecurity risk to agriculture, the environment and the community of Western Australia (WA). Fortunately for WA, the Nullarbor Plain represents a natural barrier restricting the westward movement of […]

The Origin of Species: Using Genetics in Pest Management

Key questions in pest management include the number of individuals that have invaded an area, their origin, whether invasive populations are expanding or declining, whether they are transient or resident and which individuals disperse. New methods from human forensics may illuminate the dynamics of invasive population’s better then traditional approaches. These genetic analyses have recently […]