Non-Native Invasive Plants Essay

843 Words Nov 2nd, 2007 4 Pages
Photoautotrophs

The word "photoautotroph" can be broken up into three parts. Photo means light, auto means self, and troph means nourishment. By putting these words together, you can infer that a photoautotroph is an organism that makes light into nourishment. This is the process of photosynthesis, which literally means that the organism uses sunlight energy, carbon dioxide, and water to create organic materials which are used for cellular function (Wikipedia). Plants are an example of this kind of organism. A current scientific topic in regard to photoautotrophs is the topic of non-native invasive plants. When a plant is non-native, or exotic, it means that it is not originally from the United States. They are often brought to an
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While it is easy to accidentally destroy an area with non-native invasive plants, the Galapagos is proof that an ecosystem can be preserved. 60,000 people visit there a year, but the area has strict rules and regulations on where tourists can visit and people

can live (Eco-Pros). Accidents like oil spills are bound to happen, but the Galapagos has had great success in the preservation of a healthy ecosystem. If non-native invasive plants are infecting your yard, I highly recommend that you remove them promptly. The removal of these plants can benefit you both economically and environmentally. It will ensure that they do not spread further on your property, and you will maintain the ability to plant other native plants as you wish. Many exotic plants are even regulated by law, so it is advisable to remove any that could be taking over your garden (Forest Management). The reason that I am passionate about the issue of non-native invasive plants is because my family recently had a run-in with these. We are the first family to live in our current home, and much prior to building the house, our lot used to be a Christmas tree farm. As you can imagine, our backyard is a forest of trees and miscellaneous plant life. After doing research, we found that our yard was being infected by three types of non-native invasive plants. Exotic honeysuckle and buckthorn

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