Giant Alien
Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) a pernicious invasive weed: Developing a sustainable strategy for alien invasive plant management in Europe

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About this manual
The manual provides information about as many relevant aspects as possible of the biology, ecology and management of tall invasive hogweeds in Europe: Taxonomy and genetics, development and phenology (seasonal changes and growth cycle), population dynamics, interactions with soil, nutrients, vegetation cover, land use change and control options. The chapters are:

• Place of origin and historical background
• Identification
• Biology and ecology of the plant
• Seed dispersal
• Effects on surrounding flora
• Public health hazards and safety instructions
• Preventive measures, early detection and eradication
• Evaluation of different control methods
• Revegetation
• Planning a manangement programme

Giant Alien Project (2002-2005) has been financed by the European Commision within the 5th Framework Programme, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development’, project no. EVK2-CT-2001-00128