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Abstract

Invasiveness risk assessment of woody plants of Armenia.

Abstract

The article presents a new scheme for assessing the invasion risk from archaeophyte and neophyte woody plants in Armenia, which has been adapted from two widely used and well known works - WEBER & GUT (2004) and MAGEE et al. (2010). Using these schemes invasion risk assessments were carried out of 153 woody plant species (mostly recommended for landscape architecture and gardening in Armenia) and the level of their invasive potential was specified for each species. The obtained results provide a good basis for further use of assessed species for different purposes, as well as for focusing scientific work on monitoring of population dynamics, development of quarantine control, elaboration of different guidelines for quarantine service, etc. Special attention should be given to their distribution under the impact of climate change. We propose to use our developed methodology of assessment for new species introduction, testing of growing in different conditions of Armenia or for selection of new species or forms for landscape architecture and gardening.