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Title: Invasive alien organisms in South West Africa/Namibia
Authors: Brown, CJ
Macdonald, IAW
Brown, SE
Keywords: SANSP
Birds
Namibia
Plants
Deserts
Alien species
Animals
Issue Date: 1985
Publisher: Foundation for Research Development: CSIR
Citation: Brown, CJ, Macdonald, IAW and Brown, SE (Editors). 1985. Invasive alien organisms in South West Africa/Namibia. National Scientific Programmes Unit: CSIR, SANSP Report 119, 1985, pp 81
Series/Report no.: CSIR
Abstract: The greatest threat of invasion of alien species of plants and animals is posed by species which originate from similar arid habitats in other parts of the world. In general the smaller the number of individuals of an alien species introduced into the country, the smaller are its chances of becoming established as an invasive problem species. For this reason all efforts at reducing the numbers of alien species should be regarded as worthwhile, even if total eradication of the species seems impossible. Approximately 40 species of invasive alien plants have been identified in SWA/Namibia. The species of greatest concern in order or priority are Salvinia molesta, Prosopis spp, Nicotian glauca, Datura spp and Opuntia spp, although priorities differ from place to place. The areas most prone to invasion are the river washes, particularly those rising on or running through farmlands. Seed dispersal in these areas is mainly waterborne. Other invasion-prone ecosystems are those associated with perennial river systems (eg the Kavango and Caprivi areas). Although reasonably isolated in the past, these regions are developing fast, with the resultant dangers of invasion by many species which tend to spread with the spread of human habitation. The perennial availability of water allows many more species of alien plants to become established in these areas than in other parts of the country
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2427
ISBN: 0-7988-3800-0
Appears in Collections:South African national scientific programmes
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