Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-20-33-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-20-33-2020
Review article
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09 Jul 2020
Review article |  | 09 Jul 2020

Invasiveness, ecological impacts and control of acacias in southwestern Europe – a review

Cristina Vieites-Blanco and Serafín J. González-Prieto

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Invasive acacias are spreading in Iberia, harming ecosystems. We did a bibliographic search of acacia invasions in S Europe and used spatial data on their distribution and abiotic parameters in Iberia – Acacia dealbata and A. melanoxylon prefer acid soils and warm and humid areas with high fire incidence, while A. saligna prefers neutral soils in the driest and warmest areas. Several acacias outcompete native shrubs partly thanks to enemy release, so biocontrol agent introduction can be useful.