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4 Mar 2020

Belarus presents black book of flora

Belarus presents black book of flora
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MINSK, 4 March (BelTA) – Scientists have compiled and publishedThe Black Book of Belarus’ Flora: Harmful Invasive Species”, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).

“The book contains information about biological and environmental features of 52 species of the most toxic invasive plants that have become commonplace in Belarus. Among them are famous Sosnowsky's hogweed, Canadian goldenrod, squirting cucumber, common ragweed and other seemingly harmless species,” the NASB noted.

The book describes the methods and history of species entering the territory of the country, provides recommendations for preventing and curbing their spread. The book contains 68 original maps depicting the spread of invasive plants in Belarus.

The new edition also contains the list of 246 invasive species that have not yet realized their potential, as well as the list of 24 species that have become so widespread that measures to contain their spread no longer make any sense.

The book is meant for employees of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry, specialists in forestry and green construction, researchers and universities teachers. It is also relevant for a wide range of readers interested in environmental issues.

The Black Book of Belarus’ Flora: Harmful Invasive Species” is written by a group of authors from the Kuprevich Institute of Experimental Botany of the NASB with the participation of specialists of the Central Botanic Garden of the NASB and Belarusian State University.

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