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Title: Alien plant invasions: helping British rivers to fight back
Author(s): Pattison, Zarah
Keywords: Japanese knotweed
Issue Date: 17-Oct-2018
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
Citation: Pattison Z (2018) Alien plant invasions: helping British rivers to fight back. The Conversation. 17.10.2018. https://theconversation.com/alien-plant-invasions-helping-british-rivers-to-fight-back-103812
Abstract: First paragraph: From lochs and lakes to rivers, ponds and canals, there is a diverse range of freshwater habitats in the UK, which is good news not just for biodiversity but also the economy, where they are collectively valued at £39.5 billion. Rivers in particular are highly biologically diverse environments, home to a wide variety of plants, invertebrates and fish. But linked together within a river catchment, they are prone to invasion by alien species that can spread quickly between these interconnected habitats. Invasive alien plant species are of one of the biggest concerns to river environments. These contribute to the loss of native plants and invertebrates, as well as altering soil chemistry and impeding river flow. It costs the UK government around £1.7 billion to control invasive alien species and an estimated £6m alone to control the well-known troublesome Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica).
Type: Newspaper/Magazine Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/28068
Rights: The Conversation uses a Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives licence. You can republish their articles for free, online or in print. Licence information is available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
Licence URL(s): http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/

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