Invasive plants: Turning enemies into value

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In this review, a brief description of the invasive phenomena associated with plants and its consequences to the ecosystem is presented. Five worldwide invasive plants that are a threat to Portugal were selected as an example, and a brief description of each is presented. A full description of their secondary metabolites and biological activity is given, and a resume of the biological activity of extracts is also included. The chemical and pharmaceutical potential of invasive species sensu lato is thus acknowledged. With this paper, we hope to demonstrate that invasive species have potential positive attributes even though at the same time they might need to be controlled or eradicated. Positive attributes include chemical and pharmaceutical properties and developing these could help mitigate the costs of management and eradication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3529
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020


  • Carpobrotus edulis
  • Hakea salicifolia
  • Hakea sericea
  • Oxalis pes-caprae
  • Phytolacca americana


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