Thursday, July 27, 2006

Progressor Lupines

Mongabay has a story about an invasive, purple-flowered plant in Iceland that they call a "purple menace"...but it's not purple loosestrife. Turns out Alaskan lupines (Lupinus nootkatensis), introduced for land reclamation and also for ornament, have escaped from cultivation and naturalized into the Icelandic landscape. Unfortunately, they are fairly aggressive invaders, often interrupting the normal recovery of a site and preventing native plants from establishing. Since lupines are nitrogen-fixers, their growth alter soil nutrient levels, further tipping the balance away from native species that evolved without that extra nitrogen boost. Alaskan lupine is just one of 10,000 different plant species that are known to have been introduced to Iceland.

2 comments:

Spevsy said...

Hi,

Just looking around at invasive species info on the web. Have you seen a TV show specifically about invasive species?

Spevsy

Jenn said...

Hey Spevsy.

Two tv shows I have reported on in the past are the Strange Days show on PBS and and two-part video from the University of Washington. THere is also the "Dangerous Travelers" video that came out earlier this year. I am sure there are more, you may want to search the ISW for "tv" and also for "video."