Invasive plants and ways to nip the problem

Sri Lanka, a tropical country with a land area of about 6.5 million hectares, though relatively small in size, has considerable variation in climate and landscape.

It is a biologically diverse country, recognized as a biodiversity hotspot of global importance for plants. There are many plant and animal species native to Sri Lanka and it is home to a high level of species diversity per unit area than many other tropical countries.

Bio-invasions have serious negative impacts on the function of the different ecosystems and biodiversity in Sri Lanka. Intentional and unintentional introduction of alien invasive plants and their impacts have to be addressed to maintain biodiversity in the country.

The main objective of the book, Invasive Plants by Dr. Lalith Gunasekera, who is a Weed Alert Contact Officer based at the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia is to improve public knowledge, awareness and identification of the most invasive plants that occur in Sri Lanka.

The book is available at Sarasavi Bookshop in Nugegoda and other branches.

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