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Invasive weed UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • The sculptures of elephants made of Lantana camara, an invasive weed, displayed at Gopala Gowda Circle outside the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

What is Invasive weed

  • An invasive weed is a type of weed that has been introduced to a new area.

  • The introduced weed is now spreading to other parts of the world, causing harm to the environment, economy, or human health.

  • Invasive weeds are not native to the area where they are growing.

  • Invasive weed are often have no natural predators or competitors, which allows them to spread rapidly.

Invasive weeds can have a number of negative impacts,

  • Displacing native plants and animals

  • Reducing biodiversity

  • Altering ecosystem function

  • Increasing soil erosion

  • Polluting water resources

  • Reducing crop yields

  • Causing human health problems (e.g., allergies, skin irritation, poisoning)

Examples of Invasive weed

  • Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata)

  • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

  • Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

  • English ivy (Hedera helix)

  • Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)


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