Australian transplants: the political ecology of Acacia exchanges across the Indian Ocean

  • Kull, Christian, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Rangan, Haripriya, (Chief Investigator (CI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    Humans have transferred useful plants to new lands for thousands of years. Australia s flora entered the global circuits of plant exchanges some 200 years ago. Our acacias, for example, now grow in over 70 countries. Yet we have also brought foreign acacias to Australian soils. This research examines the history of multi-directional acacia exchanges across the Indian Ocean, and investigates how the reception of these trees (as well as present-day conflicts over them) is shaped by changing socio-economic priorities and by ecological dynamics. Outcomes include theoretical and empirical advances to our understanding of the political ecology of plant transfers and of the social and ecological roots of conflicts over introduced species.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date3/01/061/02/10

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD160,000.00
    • Monash University: AUD5,600.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)