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The Silent invasion of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms. in Italy

Brundu, Giuseppe Antonio Domenico and Azzella, Mattia M. and Blasi, Carlo and Camarda, Ignazio and Iberite, Mauro and Celesti Grapow, Laura (2013) The Silent invasion of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms. in Italy. Plant Biosystems, Vol. 147 (4), p. 1120-1127. ISSN 1126-3504. eISSN 1724-5575. Article.

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DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2013.861536


This article provides general information and original data on the period of first introduction in Europe (1823–1825) and in Italy (first half of the 19th century), and on the current distribution and impacts in Italy of the invasive macrophyte Eichhornia crassipes. Two main pathways are responsible for the presence of this species in Italy: (i) introduction as an ornamental and (ii) research and use for phytoremediation. After a time lag of more than 100 years, E. crassipes has recently started invading the Italian freshwaters. A specific action plan for this species is required, including local eradication and awareness campaigns. Furthermore, regulations in the trade sector of invasive aquatic plant species need to be introduced and the possibilities for biological or integrated control evaluated.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:10058
Uncontrolled Keywords:Invasive alien aquatic plants, pathways, freshwaters
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/03 Botanica ambientale e applicata
Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/02 Botanica sistematica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze della Natura e del Territorio
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Deposited On:01 Sep 2014 17:33

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