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Water Soldier

Newest Species of Invasive Aquatic plants

mouzhan mohammadi

on 21 February 2011

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Transcript of Water Soldier

Water Soldier The newest Addition to Invasive Aquatic Plants Description Water Soldier looks very similar
to the Aloe Vera plant That is why it's nicknames is Aloe It also looks similar to the top of a pineapple The leaves on a water soldier are lined with small saw like spines The plant has a white rosette Each rosette has three petals Also called the Stratiotes Aloides History The Water Soldier is native to Europe... and Central Asia First introduced to Canada and Ontario in the Trent Severn Waterway Water soldiers are also sold at Garden Centres As well as Plant Nurseries Since The Water Soldier is a new member of the invasive species... ...it's population is still only in the Trent Severn Waterway Impact Water soldiers form dense populations with alot of plants so they crowd other
aquatic plant species They cut swimmers very easily as well as take over aquatic ecosystems by cutting aquatic animals and plants with their sharp spines They haven't had impacts as big as other invasive species because they are still fairly new How its being Controlled The three organizations involved in taking control of the population of Water soldiers are: The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters The Ministry of Natural Resources Parks Canada They are helping by controlling surveillance in the Trent Severn Waterway For Water Soldier they are doing this to see how far the plant population is spreading Currently the plant is only in two isolated areas The general public can help stop the spread of Water Soldiers by: Not buying Water soldiers anymore
Not sharing their plants with friends or family
Not disposing of their plants by releasing them into waterways.
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