What Are Foreign Plant Species in Specially Protected Areas of Republic of Armenia? Discovery by Institute of Botany of NAS RA

What Are Foreign Plant Species in Specially Protected Areas of Republic of Armenia? Discovery by Institute of Botany of NAS RA

For the first time, scientists from Armen Takhtajyan Institute of Botany of NAS RA conducted invasive field studies of foreign plant species in the Specially Protected Areas of Armenia (SPAN) and created lists of foreign plant species. These alien plants are aggressive, penetrating natural ecosystems, completely altering them, leading to biodiversity loss, in some cases causing enormous damage to the economy.

"The research is not only a fundamental work, but also a basis for the development of legislative documents, the development and implementation of conservation measures in specially protected areas," Ph.D Georgy Fayvush said, who heads the research group.

The results of the study were submitted to RA Environment Ministry. The scientists proposed to organize the monitoring of the spread of invasive plants, additional studies, to develop measures to control, penetrate and prevent the spread. The studies were carried out within the framework of "Assessment of the threats posed by invasive plant species to the specially protected areas of Armenia" research project funded by Science Committee of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia.

As a result of the project, “Aggressive plants. The most important invasive and expanding plants of Armenia” 88-page monograph co-authored by Georgi Fayvush, Alla Aleksanyan, Hripsime Hovhannisyan was published in 2020. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/346051947_Aggressive_plants_The_most_important_invasive_and_expanding_plants_of_Armenia)

"Despite the fact that the monograph was published in Armenian, it aroused great interest among foreign colleagues, who, having read the book online, expressed many positive opinions, using such research for both the national and international scientific community. The monograph received a great positive response from Armenian scientists and the Ministry of Environment," said Georgy Fayvush, Head of Research Group, Head of Geology Department at Armen Takhtajyan Institute of Botany of NAS RA, expert on international programs, Doctor of Biological Sciences.  He noted that the results of the research are still being developed and will be included in the series of articles. "This research is only the beginning of the huge studies that we plan to carry out in the coming years in this field of science, including international partners," Georgy Fayvush said.

Informational and Analytic Service of NAS RA

September 01, 2021 at 18:09