Weed Out The Brutish Colonisers | Outlook India Journal
Invasive species are one the most important threats to biodiversity and human well-being, however are these invincible?
Earlier than—A forest plot fully lined with Lantana camara previous to restoration, with hardly any native vegetation
Pictures: Ramesh Venkataraman
Bomma watches his father Kempa deftly take away a Lantana camara bush, severing it two inches beneath the soil. Aged 18 and illiterate, Bomma is a Jenu Kuruba, an indigenous tribe within the Nilgiri biosphere. Working with elders of his group on forest conservation helps him imbibe the normal ecological information of his forefathers, handed down generations by commentary and expertise. Invasive alien plant species like Lantana camara are a serious risk to ecosystems all over the world. An alien plant species is one which has been transferred from its residence habitat or ecosystem to a brand new habitat, largely by human intervention. They’re additionally known as unique species. Many of those species are usually aggressive colonisers that shortly take over the launched ecosystems pushing out native species, and therefore termed as invasive.
India has its share of invasive plant species. Many forest areas of the nation are taken over by Lantana camara, a species of South American origin that was delivered to India round two centuries in the past by the British as a decorative plant. Shola…