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Journal of Arid Land  2013, Vol. 5 Issue (4): 428-433    DOI: 10.1007/s40333-013-0166-y
Research Articles     
Alien invasive species in Siberia: current status and problem
Marina V OLONOVA1*, YuanMing ZHANG2
1 Tomsk State University, Lenin ave. 36, Tomsk 634036, Russia;
2 Key Laboratory of Biogeography and Bioresource in Arid Land, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
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Abstract  Although alien and invasive plant species have been researched extensively in the European part of Russia, the situation in Siberia is another matter. Hitherto, alien and invasive species in Siberia have not received much attention because this problem was not especially acute in Siberia. The lack of attention on alien and invasive species in Siberia is attributed to three major reasons: 1) Low vegetative productivity and sparse human populations in the Siberian territory have limited botanical research interest in the area. 2) Severe Siberian climate likely prevents many alien and invasive species from increasing their distribution into Siberia. 3) Most Siberian plant communities have not been human-transformed and thus may be resistant to newcomers. Nevertheless, recent increased economic activities have resulted in increasing plant migration to Siberia, and this process should be monitored. Furthermore, global environmental changes may also have made Siberia more favorable for more alien and invasive species. Currently, research on alien and invasive species has begun in the Altai-Sayan region (Western Siberia) and the Magadan region (Northeastern Asia).

Key wordsMODIS      NDVI      remote sensing      soil organic matter      spatial pattern      topography     
Received: 22 November 2012      Published: 06 December 2013

The International Science & Technol-ogy Cooperation Program of China (2010DFA92720-06) and the Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012T1Z0023) and the USDA National In¬stitute of Food and Agriculture (2010-51160-21061).

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Marina V OLONOVA, YuanMing ZHANG. Alien invasive species in Siberia: current status and problem. Journal of Arid Land, 2013, 5(4): 428-433.

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