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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...
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...
Finding a biocontrol for Himalayan raspberry
Rubus ellipticus var. obcordatus, or yellow Himalayan raspberry, is regarded as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species and is a major threat to native Hawaiian forests. A single plant can grow into a 4m tall impenetrable thicket, with its main stem exceeding 10cm thick. Its prickles and...
Rescuing and restoring the native flora of Robinson Crusoe Island
Robinson Crusoe Island has one of the highest densities of endemic plants in the world. However of its 213 native and endemic species 108 are currently endangered and/ or rare and 14 have fewer than ten individuals growing in the wild. Two out of five of Robinson Crusoe Islands’ native species are...
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...