'Invasive' biofuel crops require monitoring and mitigation measures
Biofuel crops will impact on biodiversity and natural ecosystems unless tightly controlled, says a panel of European experts.
In late 2009, the 'Standing Committee of the Council of Europe Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats' (known as the Bern Convention) adopted a recommendation on potentially invasive alien plants being used as biofuel crops (Recommendation 141, 2009). They warn that some biofuel crops are able to escape as pests, and in so doing impact on native biodiversity. As rural communities plan to grow more biofuel crops, the likelihood of new and harmful 'invasions' will increase apace.
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