Invasive plants like Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam are destroying ...

Invasive plants like Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam are destroying ...
Invasive plants like Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam are destroying ...
Invasive plants like Japanese knotweed and Himalayan Balsam are destroying unique flower ecosystems across the world Japanese knotweed seen as a 'super invader' destroying UK's unique mix of flora Another offender in Himalayan balsam, an invasive weed of riverbanks, ditches They can upset an area's flora leading to a ‘net loss of global floristic uniqueness' Researchers said the UK was hard hit by the phenomenon with high level decline

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Invasive plants from other parts of the world such as Japanese knotweed are destroying Britain’s unique mix of flora, say researchers.

The knotweed is seen as a ‘super invader’ capable of colonising new territory and displacing native species, according to the study.

Another offender is Himalayan balsam which was introduced here in 1839 and is now an invasive weed of riverbanks and ditches, where it prevents native species growing.

Such plants can sometimes enrich ecosystems but usually upset a region’s particular mix of plants, leading to a ‘net loss of global floristic uniqueness’, said researchers at the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Invasive plants from other parts of the world such as Japanese knotweed are destroying Britain’s unique mix of flora, say researchers

Invasive plants from other parts of the world such as Japanese knotweed are destroying Britain’s unique mix of flora, say researchers

The ‘super invaders’ are causing the flora in even regions with clear geographic separation to become increasingly similar. 

For the paper, published in Nature Communications, the researchers studied 658 regional

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