Evidence-based control and monitoring of Garden Lupine for the conservation of species-rich road verges
This project is part of an effort of the Swedish EPA and The Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, and the research council Formas who are funding nine projects dealing with the management of invasive alien species.
The aim of the project is to improve ecosystem functions and services of species-rich road verges and green infrastructure through evidence-based control and monitoring of invasive plants at the landscape scale. The main objective is to develop a phenology-driven mowing regime optimized for the control of the problematic invasive Garden Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus) along species-rich road verges. The development of this control regime will be based on comprehensive field observations and experiments. Additionally, using remotely sensed data we will develop geospatial methods for cost-efficient landscape-scale monitoring and success control of local eradication measures. The project will lead to the development of GIS-based methods and hands-on techniques for control and monitoring of invasive plants, summarised in a handbook, which can be applied at a national level through the Swedish EPA and The Swedish Transport Administration. Only through evidence-based control and monitoring can both administrations fulfil the environmental objectives that fall within their area of responsibility.
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