Distribution and socio-ecological impacts of the invasive alien cactus Opuntia stricta in eastern Africa.

This study conducted 200 interviews and questionnaires to assess local perceptions of Opuntia stricta in Laikipia County, Kenya

Abstract

Many cactus species have been introduced around the world and have subsequently become major invaders, inducing social and ecological costs. We recorded the distribution of Opuntia stricta in eastern Africa, and conducted 200 household interviews using semi-structured questionnaires to assess local perceptions of O. stricta in Laikipia County, Kenya.

Citation

Shackleton, R.T., Witt, A.B.R., Piroris, F.M. and van Wilgen, B.W. (2017) Distribution and socio-ecological impacts of the invasive alien cactus Opuntia stricta in eastern Africa. Biological Invasions 19(8), 2427–2441.

Distribution and socio-ecological impacts of the invasive alien cactus Opuntia stricta in eastern Africa

Published 1 August 2017