COST Action short term scientific mission – Lake Akrotiri, Cyprus

Peyton, Jodey; Mountford, Owen. 2015 COST Action short term scientific mission – Lake Akrotiri, Cyprus. Wallingford, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 23pp. (Unpublished)

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Jodey Peyton, Owen Mountford and Oli Pescott from the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford, UK, together with Marilena Onete of the Institute of Biology (Romanian Academy), spent two weeks in mid-October 2015 mapping the extent of several invasive alien plant species around the salt lake on the Akrotiri, Cyprus. They mapped over 100 ha of invasive alien woody species around the lake and completed 112 vegetation quadrats throughout the survey area that also incorporated information on canopy cover and vegetation structure. The following Cyprus Plant Red Data Book (RDB) species were found during the surveys; Cladium mariscus, Crypsis factorovskyi, Isolepis cernua, Linum maritimum, Mentha aquatica, Juncus littoralis, Pancratium maritimum and Phyla nodiflora. Through the surveys and the correspondence with local scientists and natural historians, it is considered that Acacia saligna is the most potentially damaging invasive alien species. It is considered to be the one most likely to have implications on both human health (through potentially providing suitable habitat for harbouring pest species such as mosquitos) and a detrimental impact on native biodiversity through encroachment into the saltmarsh areas and competition; as such management options should be considered.

Item Type: Publication - Report
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
Funders/Sponsors: COST Action
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 16 Feb 2016 14:25 +0 (UTC)

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