A physico-social analysis of terrestrial invasive plants species in sub-tropical sub-humid tract of district Haripur

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A physico-social analysis of terrestrial invasive plants species in sub-tropical sub-humid tract of district Haripur

Saima Saleem, Naureen Aurangzeb, Aliya Naz, Sobia Nisa, Muhammad Rizwan, Khanzadi Nazneen Manzoor, Assad Zaib, Farakh Javed
J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 5), 46-50, November 2017.
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Climate changes, landowner diversity, human socio-cultural, the biological and ecological characteristics of invasive plants and the nature of the communities they invade are the major drivers of plant invasion. This study aimed to investigate a physico social analysis of terrestrial invasive plants species in sub-tropical sub-humid tract of District Haripur and to identify and enlists non-native invasive plants in Haripur district. Study was carried out in district Haripur of KP Pakistan. First, abundance of occurrences of all major invasive plants was assessed to rank the top four invasive plants in the region. Secondly; collected data was statistically analyzed for top four invasive plants. Study revealed ranking and perceptions of these top four plant species across this area i.e. Parethenium hysterophorous, Broussonetia papyriera, Cannabis sativa, Eucalyptus camaldulensis. It has been concluded that pathways of plant invasion are versatile and current management efforts are not sufficient to limit this invasion coverage. Adoption of an integrated invasive management approach by combining all issues, specifically climate change, existing social and political issues related to land use and land ownership by amenity oriented lifestyles and introduction and expansion pathways of identified plant species is recommended.


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