Invasive plant species are a major threat to the biodiversity of national parks. Kruger National Park in South Africa, with its 400 km of latitudinal extension, its border with Mozambique and landscape diversity is highly susceptible to plant invasions. Efficient control of the invasive threat requires prevention, early detection of introduced species, accurate methods of eradication, and dissemination of updated data to increase people's awareness. At present, KNP rangers are conducting a survey of such invasions by recording invasive plants on a daily basis in UMPC (ultra mobile personal computers) using GPS localization. But they are not employing useful identification tools to recognise the species. The Pl@ntInvasive-Kruger case study aims to assist with biodiversity conservation in the Kruger National Park and improve the management of invasive plant species. The project seeks to create a science and technology module for KNP managers and researchers, help with plant identification, and also exchange information and foster appropriate and improved invasive plant management practices.
All resources of the project, such as identification tool and species information are availeble from the collaborative platform of the project.

Species information 239

Synthesis of information on alien invasive plants of the Kruger National Park.
Identifications tools are available from the project collaborative platform of Pl@ntInvasive-Kruger.

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