2nd International Workshop 
Invasive Plants in the Mediterranean Type Regions of the World

2010-08-02/06, TR, Trabzon


The Workshop, co-organized by the University of Igdir and The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture was held in Trabzon (Turkey), from 2 to 6 August 2010. It was attended by more than 90 participants from 29 countries (Australia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA). Experts from the other Mediterranean Type Regions of the World (Northern Chile, California, the Cape Region of South Africa, and Western Australia) presented their experience with invasive species. The workshop consisted in plenary sessions and small working groups, allowing participants to network and to discuss current and future projects. The conclusions of all small working groups will soon be available. A 3rd workshop on the same topic should be organized in 2014 in Tunisia.


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  • Opening speeches

Flora of Turkey: Richness, updates, threats Mr Necmi Aksoy, Turkey

Impacts of global change on plant life in the Mediterranean region and the spread of invasive species Prof. Vernon Heywood, UK

New mechanisms invasive alien plants might employ for their success - Prof. Inderjit, India

Invasive Weeds threats and strategies in Gangetic inceptisols of India - Prof. Ratikanta Ghosh, India

Niche modeling in invasive plants: new insights to predict their potential distribution in the invaded areas Prof. Ramiro Bustamente, Chile

Bern Convention on invasive alien plants, the Code of conduct on horticulture and invasive alien plants - Mr Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, Council of Europe

EPPO activities on Invasive Alien Plants - Ms Sarah Brunel, EPPO

Role of the European Food Safety Authority in risk assessment of invasive species potentially harmful to plants Ms Sara Tramontini, EFSA

Towards an early warning and information system for invasive alien species (IAS) threatening biodiversity in Europe - Mr Riccardo Scalera, IUCN

European Environment Agency: Activities addressing invasive alien species - Mr Ahmet Uludag, EEA

Results of the survey on invasive alien plants in Mediterranean countries Mr Giuseppe Brundu, Italy, Mr Guillaume Fried, France, Ms Sarah Brunel, EPPO.


  • Section 1:Plant invasions in the Mediterranean: where do we stand?

One fall all or all for one? Evidence for cryptic invasions by multiple sub-species of the Port Jackson Willow (Acacia salignaMs Geneviève Thompson, South Africa

Prioritization of potential invasive alien species in France - Mr Guillaume Fried, France

Forecast of further distribution of some invasive and expansive plant species in Armenia - Mr George Fayvush, Armenia

Noxious and invasive weeds in Greece: current status and legislation - Mr Petros Lolas, Greece

A tale of two islands: comparison between the exotic flora of Corsica and Sardinia - Mr Daniel Jeanmonod, Switzerland, and Mr Giuseppe Brundu, Italy

New species threatening Moroccan biodiversity: Verbesina encelioides (AsteraceaeProf Abdelkader Taleb, Morocco


  • Section 2: Early warning

Stages in the Development of an Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Program for Invasive Plants - Mr Kassim Al-Khatib, USA

Establishment of a National early detection and rapid response programme - some early lessons - Mr Philip Ivey and Ms Hilary Geber, South Africa

The NOBANIS gateway on invasive alien species and the development of a European Early Warning and Rapid Response System - Ms Melanie Josefsson, Sweden

From mediocrity to notoriety - the case of invasive weedy rice (Oryza sativa L.) in Malaysian rice granaries - Mr Baki Bakar, Malaysia

Eradication and monitoring of Australian Acacias in South Africa as part of an EDRR program, can species with long-lived seed banks be eradicated? – Mr John Wilson, South Africa

Should Melaleuca be an eradication target in South African fynbos? Looking beyond population data - Mr Ernita Van Wyck, South Africa


  • Section 3: Communication, policies & strategies for tackling invasive alien plants

Code of conduct on horticulture and invasive alien plants Prof. Vernon Heywood, UK

Industry view on importance and advantages of a Code of Conduct on horticulture and invasive alien plants Mr Anil Yilmaz, Turkey

Effectiveness of policies and strategies in tackling the impacts on Invasive Alien Species on biodiverse Mediterranean ecosystems in southwest Australia - Ms Judy Fisher, Australia

Combining methodologies to increase public awareness about invasive plants in Portugal Ms Elisabete Marchante, Portugal

Outcomes of the Tunisian experience on farmer field school management of Silverleaf nightshade Mr Mounir Mekki, Tunisia

Legislative, biological and agronomic measures to comply with the Bern Convention recommendation n141/2009 on "Potentially invasive alien plants being used as biofuel crops" by Contracting Parties in the Mediterranean Basin - Mr Roberto Crosti, Italy

Biomass crops in the Mediterranean: can experiments in Languedoc Roussillon help characterize the risk of invasiveness of the plants used? - Mr Pierre Ehret, France


  • Section 4: Management of invasive alien plants

Management of alien plant invasions: the role of restoration - Insights from South Africa - Ms Mirijam Gaertner & Mr Dave M Richardson, South Africa

A large-scale project of invasive plant coenosis control in Mediterranean sand coastal area: two case studies and a model to standardize the management criteria Mr Antonio Perfetti, Italy

Three tools to manage exotic weeds in Swiss agricultural and non-agricultural environments - a proposal - Mr Christian Bohren, Switzerland

Biology and control of the invasive weed Heterotheca subaxillaris (camphorweed) Ms Mildred Quaye, Israel

Mesquite (Prosopis juliflora): A threat to agriculture and pastoralism in Sudan - Mr Abdel Gabar T Babiker, Sudan

Is biological control of the invasive weeds Ambrosia spp. a dream? - Mr Tuvia Yaacoby, Israel