In Europe, the duckweed Lemna minuta is an invasive alien that can cause severe abiotic-biotic alterations of lentic aquatic ecosystems. Its invasion history across Europe was spatio-temporally reconstructed from its various introductions to its present distribution by analyzing georeferenced historical records obtained from different sources (bibliography, national-international digital databases). Fuzzy clustering, a form of classification in which an element belongs to different clusters according to a degree of belonging, was used to identify the most important temporal invasion events (pulsations). Geographical representation of these pulsations in invasion maps simplified the detection of the main dynamics of L. minuta movements across Europe. Based on the analyses of the historical data, five main invasion pulsations were identified (1965, 1982, 1991, 2000, 2010). Invasions in Europe began along the Atlantic coasts around the 1950s–1960s. Around the 1980s, L. minuta spread extensively across the United Kingdom and Central Europe. After this, it started to invade Southern and also Eastern Europe, mainly stabilizing around the 2000s. In the last decade, L. minuta consolidated its occurrence in Western and Central Europe, while it continues to colonize new Mediterranean and Eastern European regions. This analysis type is effective in determining spatial-temporal dynamics of invasive alien plants using georeferenced historical data and it also offers insight into the behavior of a biological invader by identifying the main invasion routes and areas most susceptible to future invasion. This latter information can be useful for development of management strategies for preventing invasions and conserving aquatic ecosystems potentially under threat.

Ceschin, S., Abati, S., Ellwood, N.T.W., Zuccarello, V. (2018). Riding invasion waves: Spatial and temporal patterns of the invasive Lemna minuta from its arrival to its spread across Europe. AQUATIC BOTANY, 150, 1-8 [10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.06.002].

Riding invasion waves: Spatial and temporal patterns of the invasive Lemna minuta from its arrival to its spread across Europe

Ceschin, Simona
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Abati, Silverio;Ellwood, Neil Thomas William;Zuccarello, Vincenzo
2018-01-01

Abstract

In Europe, the duckweed Lemna minuta is an invasive alien that can cause severe abiotic-biotic alterations of lentic aquatic ecosystems. Its invasion history across Europe was spatio-temporally reconstructed from its various introductions to its present distribution by analyzing georeferenced historical records obtained from different sources (bibliography, national-international digital databases). Fuzzy clustering, a form of classification in which an element belongs to different clusters according to a degree of belonging, was used to identify the most important temporal invasion events (pulsations). Geographical representation of these pulsations in invasion maps simplified the detection of the main dynamics of L. minuta movements across Europe. Based on the analyses of the historical data, five main invasion pulsations were identified (1965, 1982, 1991, 2000, 2010). Invasions in Europe began along the Atlantic coasts around the 1950s–1960s. Around the 1980s, L. minuta spread extensively across the United Kingdom and Central Europe. After this, it started to invade Southern and also Eastern Europe, mainly stabilizing around the 2000s. In the last decade, L. minuta consolidated its occurrence in Western and Central Europe, while it continues to colonize new Mediterranean and Eastern European regions. This analysis type is effective in determining spatial-temporal dynamics of invasive alien plants using georeferenced historical data and it also offers insight into the behavior of a biological invader by identifying the main invasion routes and areas most susceptible to future invasion. This latter information can be useful for development of management strategies for preventing invasions and conserving aquatic ecosystems potentially under threat.
2018
Ceschin, S., Abati, S., Ellwood, N.T.W., Zuccarello, V. (2018). Riding invasion waves: Spatial and temporal patterns of the invasive Lemna minuta from its arrival to its spread across Europe. AQUATIC BOTANY, 150, 1-8 [10.1016/j.aquabot.2018.06.002].
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