EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 08 - 2011 Num. article: 2011/185

Rapid surveys on alien plants in the Black Sea region of Turkey

During the two field surveys organized in the framework of the 2nd Workshop on Invasive Plants in the Mediterranean Type Regions of the World, 81 alien species were observed in the investigated area, i.e. 70 neophytes and 11 archeophytes (including 9 doubtful species), with 54 new records for the DAISIE inventory. Three of these species, Acalypha australis (Euphorbiaceae), Microstegium vimineum (Poaceae, EPPO Alert List) and Polygonum perfoliatum (Polygonaceae, EPPO A2 List) were recorded near a tea factory, and it is suspected that the import of material for tea processing may have been their pathway of introduction.
These surveys, being organized in the region of Trabzon in North-East Turkey in the framework of an international Workshop, enabled knowledge to be shared between experts in the field, and training of students and researchers.
The results of these rapid surveys showed that roadside inspections can provide a useful tool for early detection, as well as for the compilation and updating of national or regional inventories (especially under tight time and budget constraints).


Brundu G, Aksoy N, Brunel S, P. Elias P ; Fried G (2011) Rapid surveys for inventorying alien plants in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 41, 208–216.
2nd International Workshop on Invasive Alien Plants in Mediterranean Type Regions of the World. Trabzon, 2010-08-02/06, EPPO Website. http://archives.eppo.org/MEETINGS/2010_conferences/mediterranean_ias.htm