A plague on your house? Some impacts of chromolaena odorata on Timorese livelihoods

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    Abstract

    Following its introduction on the island of Timor, the shrub Chromolaena odorata has expanded dramatically across the landscape. A highly flammable but fire tolerant plant species, Chromolaena is an extremely successful plant coloniser of disturbed ground and open savanna woodlands. For Timorese semisubsistence agriculturalists, Chromolaena odorata represents the most recent in a long history of invasive weed species that have periodically covered their lands and challenged their ability to farm and prosper. Already its impact is being felt in a number of domains of socioeconomic life. This paper explores some of these issues and the prospects for future management and control strategies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)451-469
    JournalHuman Ecology (Journal)
    Volume28
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

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