Ailanthus tree’s status as invasive species offers lesson in human interaction

Researchers point to ailanthus as a prime example of the dangerous unpredictability of a non-native plant’s introduction to habitats and humans’ inadvertent aid in its spread and domination.

About appalachianohioweeds

My name is Eric Boyda and I am the current coordinator of the Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership. My interests include increasing the awareness of invasive plants and helping individuals or groups plan control strategies.

Posted on July 10, 2013, in articles and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. that is a tree of heaven tree right? well I see them all over akron, they grow out of cement walls, through small openings in sidewalks, they have pretty flowers and seed clusters, but smell, heck they grow where other trees don’t, I guess whether something is invasion or bad or good depends on who you ask who benefits from it and who doesn’t, personally I am not to fond of tree of heaven, but it is here and isn’t leaving anytime soon, it will require gardeners to keep them out of their gardens. I do hope people have learned a valuable lesson about having animals or plants that don’t belong here (or have no natural predators here) take the africanized bee, not only did that knuckle head guy bring them to south america, he picked the most aggressive of the species when there are african bees that are more gentle that would of workd it is as if he wanted them to get loose, maybe he let them loose on purpose? he could of done his research in africa, befor embarking on bringing such an aggessive creature here, look at the carp, why would they even allow anyone to have them here ina private pond when areas east of the mississippi flood periodically? did they want this release to happen? was it actually intentional to destroy the fishing industry to give corp who move to cheap labor a market? makes one wonder.

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