What if introduced drought-tolerant plants are invasive species ? (Science Daily / Willem Van Cotthem)

DESERTIFICATION

Read at :

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131120143756.htm

Impacts of Plant Invasions Become Less Robust Over Time: Invasive Plants Are More Likely to Be Replaced by Other ‘Invasives’

Nov. 20, 2013 — Among the most impressive ecological findings of the past 25 years is the ability of invasive plants to radically change ecosystem function. Yet few if any studies have examined whether ecosystem impacts of invasions persist over time, and what that means for plant communities and ecosystem restoration.

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SPINELESS CACTUS : A DROUGHT-TOLERANT JEWEL (Willem Van Cotthem)

The spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica var. inermis), one of the best tools to combat desertification and hunger (Photo WVC) The prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) is seen by some as a dangerous invasive species.  But what about the spineless variety (var. inermis), one of the best tools to combat desertification and hunger ?  The pads and fruits of this variety can be eaten by humans and animals (see “nopales”).  Wouldn’t we wish that this variety becomes an invasive plant in all desertfied…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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