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Term Introduced species

Species which develop outside of their natural environments, as a result of an incidental or accidental dispersion produced by human activities.

Introduced species can generally affect the ecosystem to which they are introduced.

An example of an introduced species is the Acacia mangium, native to Asia and Australia and introduced into Latin America. This species has distinguished itself for its extraordinary ability to regenerate or improve soils for agro-forestry and silvopastoral use, and offer an exotic wood with great potential for the furniture and wood industries. However, it has become an invasive species, viewed as a toxic herb which replaces the native vegetation and invades commercial plantations of wood and crop lands.


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PhotoIntroduced species - Acacia
PhotoIntroduced species - Madam Saga
PhotoIntroduced species - Amapola
Topic  BiodiversityForest resourcesEnvironmental managementProtected areas