Africa has a larger land surface than China, India, North America and Western Europe combined, and is home to nine of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, yet our knowledge of Africa’s fauna is poorly documented.
While global assessments of extinction risks for birds, mammals, amphibians and other groups are available to help guide their conservation, no similar baseline has existed for plants, despite the fundamental role they play in the biosphere.
Combining GBIF-mediated occurrences with data from a novel database, the Global Naturalized Alien Flora (GloNAF), this study seeks to identify and quantify the spread and distribution of naturalized plant species worldwide.
How does the long-term history of species relate their current invasiveness? This study tries to answer that question by examining closely the genus Pinus, as it is one of the best-studied invasive clades.