First step to eradication of Poa annuaL. From Point Thomas Oasis (King George Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica)
H. Galera , M. Wódkiewicz , E. Czyż , Sławomir Łapiński , Maria Kowalska , Mariusz Pasik , Marcin Rajner , Paweł Bylina , K. Chwedorzewska
AbstractPoaannua, an alien species reported from the Antarctic continent and many Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands, was accidentally introduced in the vicinity of the Polish Antarctic Station H. Arctowski. Recently the species has been found entering native plant communities. In almost 30 years it dispersed over 250 m from the site it was first observed and can therefore be considered invasive. We report the first steps to eradicate the species following the initial research to quantify the biology, ecology and genetics of the species. After detailed mapping of all 1439 tussocks located in the Arctowski Station area we removed 314 tussocks closest to a moss carpet formation (native plant community of high conservation value). All of the 49 tussocks growing in the Ecology Glacier forefield were removed. It is the biggest alien plant eradication act conducted so far in Antarctica. We plan to continue the eradication process and monitor the eradicated sites. This will provide valuable information on impacts and issues related to removal of alien species in the maritime Antarctic and will help in informing future decisions on management of other plant invasions in the region. Given the increasing human traffic to the Antarctic and the associated risks of invasion our results will be important not only for Arctowski but also for the whole Antarctic region.
|Journal series||Polar Biology, ISSN 0722-4060|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Poaannua, Alien species, Antarctica, Biological invasions|
|Score|| = 30.0, 28-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal|
= 30.0, 28-11-2017, ArticleFromJournal
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 1.949 (2) - 2016=2.066 (5)|
|Citation count*||5 (2018-02-23)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.