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Research Project: Caribbean Invasive Plants Datasheets (ds) for the Invasive Species Compendium

Location: Crop Production and Protection

Project Number: 0206-22000-001-47-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2018

Objective:
APHIS/USDA has had a seven year project with the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum, Division of Botany, to identify and produce detailed datasheets on invasive plants now in the Caribbean Islands. It is important to have this information to prevent and detect any early invasions of such plants in the continental U.S. where they can have a devastating negative impact on agriculture and natural ecosystems.

Approach:
The Invasives Causing Extinction project tracks new species listed as endangered or threatened and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and candidate species to the ESA. We will examine the changes in the last year. We will identify if one or more invasive species is part of the threats driving the endangered, threatened or candidate species to extinction. The information will be provided to CABI, who will add the information into the invasive species datasheet under the “impacts to Biodiversity” section of the invasives datasheet.