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Invasive species and global climate change.

Book cover for Invasive species and global climate change.


This book contains 18 chapters addressing topics related to the impact of invasive species, including biosecurity, demographics, species diversity, and food security. It is meant for researchers, upper-level students, and policymakers and provides a factual basis for the underlying science and a discussion of that information with respect to current and future impacts and possible solutions. This ...

Chapter 8 (Page no: 141)

Ragweed in Eastern Europe.

Ambrosia is the most allergenic taxon and induces enormous losses in agriculture, tourism and other fields of the economy. Hence, its spread, weather-related characteristics and protection facilities need to be addressed. Since only Ambrosia artemisiifolia occurs in Eastern Europe, this chapter is concerned with this species of Ambrosia genus. The aim of the study is: (i) to provide an overview on the origin and distribution of Ambrosia from America to Europe, with a special focus on Eastern Europe; (ii) to determine the period of the highest daily Ambrosia pollen counts; (iii) to attempt to separate the medium-range transport including local pollen dispersion (pollen transport from at most 100 km away) from the long-range pollen transport (pollen transport from at least 100 km away); and (iv) to analyze quantity-related pollen season characteristics (total annual and annual peak pollen counts) and phenological characteristics of Ambrosia specific to Szeged, Hungary, in association with climate change-related constraints. We established that on average the period 18 August to 13 September has the highest daily pollen counts for Szeged (Hungary) as determined by the Makra test. We found out that in Europe the Carpathian Basin has the highest concentrations of Ambrosia pollen. Hence the Carpathian Basin represents the main source area of Ambrosia pollen for the city of Szeged. On non-rainy days, medium-range transport is important, while on rainy days the two transport ranges have almost equal weights, with the medium-range transport having a slightly higher value. A multiple association metric (MAM) is introduced that describes how well the annual cycle of the slope of the pollen concentration trend can be represented by a linear combination of annual cycles of slopes of climate variables trends. Two climate change-derived factors, namely the risk potential (RP) and expansion potential (EP), are introduced and are evaluated based on the pollen characteristics and the MAM value. Overall, Ambrosia pollen counts show a slight increase with a moderate warming as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change in the 21st century. Ambrosia, particularly A. artemisiifolia, is well adapted to disturbance and abandoned habitats, and such habitats may, with changes in land use in Eastern Europe, become more prevalent.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Ziska, L. H.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 9) Communicating the dynamic complexities of climate, ecology and invasive species. Author(s): Ziska, L. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 22) Climate change and plant pathogen invasions. Author(s): Garrett, K. A. Thomas-Sharma, S. Forbes, G. A. Nopsa, J. F. H. Sulá, A. I. P.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 50) Analysis of invasive insects: links to climate change. Author(s): Gutierrez, A. P. Ponti, L.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 74) Climate change, plant traits and invasion in natural and agricultural ecosystems. Author(s): Blumenthal, D. M. Kray, J. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 95) Non-native species in Antarctic terrestrial environments: how climate change and increasing human activity are compounding the threat of invasion. Author(s): Hughes, K. A. Convey, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 119) Interactions between climate change and species invasions in the marine realm. Author(s): Sorte, C. J. B. Beshai, R. A. Henry, A. K. Mahanes, S. A. Rangel, R. E. Waite, H. R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 158) Climate change and biological invasions in South Africa. Author(s): Wilgen, N. J. van Faulkner, K. T. Robinson, T. B. South, J. Beckett, H. Janion-Scheepers, C. Measey, J. Midgley, G. F. Richardson, D. M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 188) Climate change and 'Alien Species in National Parks': revisited. Author(s): Jarnevich, C. Hogan, T. Sieracki, J. L. Lipsky, C. A. Wullschleger, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 203) Climate change and invasive human pathogens. Author(s): Sorensen, C. Gillespie, B. Ahdoot, S.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 225) Identifying invasive species in real time: Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) and other mapping tools. Author(s): Wallace, R. D. Bargeron, C. T.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 239) Global identification of invasive species: the CABI Invasive Species Compendium as a resource. Author(s): Diaz-Soltero, H.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 248) The biogeography of invasive plants - projecting range shifts with climate change. Author(s): Bradley, B. A.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 260) Assessing and managing the impact of climate change on an invasive weed, yellow starthistle. Author(s): Gutierrez, A. P. Ponti, L.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 282) Modeling and managing invasive weeds in a changing climate. Author(s): Westbrook, A. S. Nikkel, E. Clements, D. R. DiTommaso, A.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 307) Early detection and rapid response: a cost-effective strategy for minimizing the establishment and spread of new and emerging invasive plants by global trade, travel and climate change. Author(s): Westbrooks, R. G. Manning, S. T. Waugh, J. D.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 327) Adapting to invasions in a changing world: invasive species as an economic resource. Author(s): Barnes, M. A. Deines, A. M. Gentile, R. M. Grieneisen, L. E.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Institute of Economics and Rural Development, Faculty of Agriculture, Universityof Szeged, HU-6800, Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2022
  • ISBN
  • 9781800621435
  • Record Number
  • 20230013355