Russian Journal of Biological Invasions

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Patterns of invasive plant species distribution in the Upper Volga basin

  • E. A. Borisova


The patterns of invasive plant species distribution in the Upper Volga basin territory (including five administrative oblasts—Ivanovo, Kostroma, Vladimir, Yaroslavl, and Tver) are considered. The present flora of this district comprises 770 alien species, among which 135 are successfully naturalized in natural and seminatural communities and 32 (4.2%) are invasive plants. Only 24 invasive species (3.1%) are widespread in all Upper Volga regions, which is in concordance with a hypothetical model of invasion intensity by Di Castri. The majority (e.g., Bidens frondosa, Elodea canadensis, Epilobium adenocaulon, Juncus tenuis, and Impatiens glandulifera) have invaded waterbodies and riparian communities. Some species (e.g., Acer negundo, Amelanscier spicata, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, and Sambucus racemosa) are commonly recorded in different types of forest and shrub ecosystems; others are found in grasslands. Echinocystis lobata, Heracleum sosnowskyi, Hippophae rhamnoides, and Impatiens parviflora are the most aggressive and play the role of a transformer. The examples of local invasions are described. A potential invasive group comprises 26 alien species, which compete successfully with native species and tend to invade plant communities (e.g., Crataegus monogyna, Populus balsamifera, Parthenocissus inserta, and Reynoutria japonica).


invasive plant species plant distribution pattern alien flora the Upper Volga region 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Baker, H.G., Patterns of Plant Invasions in Northern America, in The Ecology and Biological Invasions of North America and Hawaii, Mooney, H.A. and Drake, J.A., Eds., New York: Springer, 1986.Google Scholar
  2. Borisova, E.A., Floristicheskoe zagryaznenie prigorodnykh lesov (Floristic Pollution of Suburban Forests), Ivanovo: Ekologiya, 2006.Google Scholar
  3. Borisova, E.A., Species Invaders in Verkhnevolzhsk Flora, in Aktual’nye voprosy izucheniya flory Verkhnevolzh’ya: Materialy region. nauch. konf. (g. Ivanovo, 12–13 oktyabrya 2007 g) (Topical Problems of Study of Verkhnevolzhsk Flora: Abstracts of Papers of Regional Scientific Conference, Ivanovo, October 12–13, 2007), Ivanovo, 2007, pp. 14–20.Google Scholar
  4. Borisova, E.A. and Senyushkina, I.V., New Adventive Species in the Areas of Verkhnevolzhsk Region, Byul. MOIP, Otd. Biol, 2008, vol. 113.Google Scholar
  5. Burda, R.I., Antropogennaya transformatsiya flory (Anthropogenic Transformation of Flora), Kiev: Naukova Dumka, 1991.Google Scholar
  6. Di Castri, F., On Invading Species and Invaded Ecosystems: Interplay of Historical Chance and Biological Necessity, in Biological Invasions in Europe and Mediterranean Basin, Di Castri, F., Hansen, A.I., and Debussche, M., Eds., Dordrecht: Kluwer Acad. Publish, 1990.Google Scholar
  7. Khorun, L.V., Some Problems of Adventive Flora Analysis in Tula Region, in Floristicheskie issledovaniya v Tsentral’noi Rossii na rubezhe vekov (Floristic Studies in the Central Russia at the Turn of the Centuries), Moscow.Google Scholar
  8. Lewis, D.Q. and Pope, R.O., An Overview and Management Plan of Iowa’s None-Native, Invasive and Terrestrial Forbs, J. Iowa Acad. Sci., 2001, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 116–123.Google Scholar
  9. Lonsdale, W.M., Global Patterns of Plant Invasions and the Concept of Invasibility, Ecology 1999, vol. 80, pp. 1522–1536.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. McNeely, J.A., Mooney, H.A., Neville, E., et al., Global Strategy on Invasive Alien Species London: IUCN, Gland, 2001, p. 55.Google Scholar
  11. Milton, S.J., Grasses as Invasive Alien Plants in South Africa, S. African J. of Sci., 2004, vol. 100, no. 1, pp. 69–75.Google Scholar
  12. Mooney, H.A., A Global Strategy for Dealing with Alien Invasive Species, in Invasion Species and Biodiversity Management, Sanderlund, O., Schei, P., Viken, A., Eds., Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1999.Google Scholar
  13. Mooney, H.A. and Hobs, R.J., Invasive Species in a Changing World, Washington, DC: Island Press, 2000, p. 456.Google Scholar
  14. Opredelitel’ rastenii Meshchery (Meshchera Plants’ Qualifier), Tikhomirov, V.N., Ed., Moscow: Izd. Mosk. Univ., 1987.Google Scholar
  15. Protopopova, V.V., Sinantropnaya flora Ukrainy i puti ee razvitiya (Synanthropic Flora of Ukraine and Its Development), Kiev: Naukova Dumka, 1991.Google Scholar
  16. Richardson, D.M., Pysek, P., Rejmanek, M., et al., Naturalization and Invasion of Alien Plants: Concepts and Definitions, Diversity and definitions, 2000, vol. 6, p. 93.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Seregin, A.P., Some of New and Rare Species in Flora of Vladimir Region, Byul. MOIP. Otd. Biol, 2003, vol. 108.Google Scholar
  18. Shutova, I.Yu., Invader Species: Overview of New Editions, Usp. Sovrem. Biol, 2003, vol. 123.Google Scholar
  19. Tikhomirov, V.N., Gubanov, I.A., Novikov, V.V., Butenko, E.P., Vodolazskaya, N.N., and Oktyabreva, N.B., Some of New and Rare Plants in Flora of Vladimir Region, Biol. Nauki, 1970, no. 12, pp. 48–53.Google Scholar
  20. Theoharides, A.K. and Dukes, J.S., Plant Invasion Across Space and Time: Factors Affecting Noneindigenous Species Success During Four Stages of Invasion, New Phytologist., 2007, vol. 176, no. 2, pp. 256–273.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Tokhtar’, V.D., Flora of Anthropogenic Ecotopes and Their Development, Extended Abstract of Doctoral Dissertation, Kiev, 2005.Google Scholar
  22. Tret’yakov, D.I., Adventive Fraction of Belarusian Flora and Its Development, in Izuchenie biologicheskogo raznoobraziya metodami sravnitel’noi floristiki (Study of Biological Diversity by Comparative Flora Methods), St. Petersburg, 1998, pp. 251–259.Google Scholar
  23. Wake, M.H., The Current Status of the Diversities Program and Its Implementation, Biol. Inetern., 1995, no. 31, pp. 7–18.Google Scholar
  24. Weber, E.F., The Alien Flora of Europe: A Taxonomic and Biogeographic Review, J. of Vegetation Sci., 1997, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 565–572.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Williamson, M., Biological Invasions, London: Chapman & Hall, 1996, p. 244.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ivanovo State UniversityIvanovoRussia

Personalised recommendations