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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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Controlling the invasive blackberry on the Galápagos Islands
Since the Galapagos Islands were discovered in the 16th century, humans have introduced many species of plants and animals. Some of which have become invasive, such as blackberry (Rubus niveus). Introduced in 1968, this non-native species is considered one of the worst weeds affecting the islands....
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...
Protecting North America’s wetlands from common reed
Although common reed (Phragmites australis) beds in Europe are often valuable and endangered ecosystems, elsewhere the plant can be invasive. In the last decades, common reed has spread dramatically in North America, displacing native plant species and reducing biodiversity in the process. ...
Biological control of hawkweeds
European hawkweeds (Pilosella spp.) were introduced into New Zealand and North America where several species have become troublesome weeds in pastures, clear-cut areas and nature reserves. Seven Pilosella species are noxious weeds in the northwestern USA and British Columbia in Canada: Pilosella...