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Evaluating the Potential for Technology Adoption in Mitigating Invasive Species Damage and Risk: Application to Zebra Mussels

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Microsoft Word - ZM tech and mitigation_v4.docx Evaluating the Potential for Technology Adoption in Mitigating Invasive Species Damage and Risk: Application to Zebra Mussels Damian C. Adams1 and Donna J. Lee2 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University 2 Research Economist, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization Contact: Damian C. Adams Department of Agricultural Economics Oklahoma State Univesity 316 Agricultural Hall Stillwater, OK 74078 Phone: 405-744-6172 [email protected] Selected Paper prepared for presentation at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s 2010 AAEA, CAES & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, July 25-27, 2010. Copyright 2010 by Damian C. Adams and Donna J. Lee. All rights reserved. Readers may make verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial purposes by any means, provided this copyright notice appears on all such copies. Evaluating the Potential for Technology Adoption in Mitigating Invasive Species Damage and Risk: Application to Zebra Mussels Introduction and background Invasive species hinder ecological goods and services; they may be the primary cause of biodiversity loss (Mack et al., 2000) and they significantly reduce nature-based recreation (e.g., Lee et al., 2009). They also erode the functionality of natural systems, and can impede irrigation, flood control, and other critical services. Control of invasive species in tropical and sub-tropical areas is a constant and growing drain on scarce resources. In Florida, agriculture and silviculture sectors spend over $265 million per year controlling invasive pests (Kim et al., 2007); public spending by State government was $103 million in 2006 (FLDEP, 2006). A new threat to the State of Florida is the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Because of the interconnectedness of Florida’s waterways, frag

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