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Action on Invasives
Increased global trade and travel, as well as climate change, has an unfortunate side effect – the rapid spread of invasive species. Intentionally or accidentally imported plants, insects and pathogens can all have an adverse impact on human, animal, agricultural and environmental health. Invasive...
Invasive species data
Invasive species are the biggest driving force of species extinction after habitat loss, overexploitation and pollution. Currently there is little easily accessible knowledge on the role of invasive species and their management in order to prevent or slow the decline of species. Taking the USA as...
Toolkits for invasive plants in Laikipia, Kenya
Invasive species pose the second greatest threat, after habitat destruction, to biodiversity resources and livelihoods. East Africa’s biodiversity resources are now under threat from the spread of invasive alien plants. A number of exotic plant species introduced to Laikipia County, Kenya, have...
Toolkits for invasive plants in East Africa
Many exotic plants introduced to East Africa have subsequently escaped cultivation and become naturalized and/ or invasive reducing biodiversity and negatively impacting livelihoods. Invasive alien plants out-compete indigenous species, often resulting in serious changes to the structure and...
Managing invasive species in selected forest ecosystems of South East Asia
Invasive alien species (IAS) are, after habitat destruction, the second biggest threat to biodiversity worldwide. Invasive alien species are significantly affecting local and global biodiversity in South East Asia, invading and threatening forest habitats and the species that live in them. They are...
Measuring the livelihood impacts of invasive alien species in East Africa
Invasive alien plant species have a negative impact on biodiversity and the rural communities who depend on the natural resources around them for their survival. Although a lot is known about the biodiversity impacts of these introduced species, little is known about the livelihood impacts that...
Woody weeds in East Africa
Many exotic trees and shrubs have been introduced into Africa, but a few have escaped cultivation and become destructive alien invasive species reducing native biodiversity and limiting the livelihoods of those that live in rural communities. Woody species such as invasive Prosopis spp, Lantana...
Biological control of Himalayan balsam
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) has rapidly become one of the UK's most invasive weed species, colonising river banks, waste ground and damp woodlands. It successfully competes with native plant species for space, light, nutrients and pollinators, and excludes other plant growth, thereby...
Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug
The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, emerged as a harmful invasive pest of fruit and vegetable crops in North America and Europe in the 1990s and 2000s, respectively. Native to eastern Asia, this highly polyphagous pest, which is able to feed on over 120 different host plants, is...
Invasive plant pathogens threatening the USA
The spread of invasive plant pathogens, including fungi, viruses, bacteria, phytoplasmas and nematodes, presents a significant global threat to agriculture, forestry and the environment. Significant crop damage and economic loss are of particular concern and are likely to occur when these pathogens...