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Angel or demon: Can a potentially invasive plant bring a positive influence to a region?
Date:10/25/2013

ants may be of benefit by encouraging higher numbers of pollinating species to occur at a site. Outside of agro-ecological systems, many studies have indicated that even flowering plants considered as invasive may have positive effects on insects, especially on nectar and pollen feeding species.

"Our study suggests it is important to realize that although S. trilobata is considered an invasive 'nuisance weed' in one context, it may be of value to crop growers, and commercial honey producers, by attracting and augmenting local populations of pollinating insects", explains Dr Hodge.


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Contact: Simon Hodge
simon.hodge@lincoln.ac.nz
Pensoft Publishers
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