New EPPO List of invasive alien plants
EPPO, in the framework of the IPPC and of the European strategy on invasive alien species of the Bern Convention, is developing a cooperative European strategy for protection against invasive alien species. In 2005-06, the first EPPO list of invasive alien plants has been presented to the Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations, as a result of the work of the Panel on invasive alien species. This first list has been agreed, but work will continue. The following plants have been identified to pose an important threat to plant health, environment and biodiversity in the EPPO region. EPPO therefore recommends strongly to countries endangered by these species to take measures to prevent their further introduction and spread or manage unwanted populations (for example publicity, restriction on sale and planting, control).
Fallopia x bohemica
Lysichiton americanus *
Pueraria montana var. lobata
Hydrocotyle ranunculoides *
This list is maintained on the EPPO website and, in due course, datasheets, maps and illustrations will be added to document these invasive plant species.
* In addition, these two plant species were also added as A2 pests to the EPPO Action List (pests recommended for regulation), see EPPO RS 2005/143.
EPPO Secretariat, 2005-09