Biological-control of Lantana camara through crop competition using native species.
Managing forest invasive species is one of the major challenges in the forest management. Mechanical, chemical, tillage, crop competition, crop rotation, biological controls are among the various methods/techniques used for control of Invasive species. These methods have failed individually. All these methods have their own limitations. This study identifies native species having potential for restoration of Lantana camara invaded forest communities. A total of 13 native species were recorded to be growing as associate with Lantana camara in Kundam, Bargi and Patan Range of Jabalpur forest division of Madhya Pradesh. Six species were found to have a negative correlation with density of Lantana camara. Field experiments showed that Olax scandens, Petalidium barlerioides and Helicteres isora has potential to out-compete Lantana camara. Eco-restoration of the invaded forest/plantation communities through artificial introduction of native species will help in strengthening the management of Forest Invasive Species in protected areas and plantation.