Invasive plant species in culture

Я занимаюсь проблематикой инвазивных видов растений и в ближайшее время планирую начать систематическую загрузку соответствующего контента на ресурс. Но прежде хотелось бы уточнить у сообщества, насколько оправдано добавление наблюдений инвазивных и потенциально инвазивных видов в культуре (с соответствующей пометкой).
На мой взгляд это важно, так как культивируемые инвазивные виды являются источником диаспор. И, к примеру, пара культивируемых кустов Solidago canadensis в деревне через пяток-десяток лет могут быть обнаружены на опушке ближайшего леса. К тому же часть инвазивных видов с активным вегетативным размножением склонны к плавному дичанию и, порой, сложно провести черту между он ещё культивируется или уже одичал.

P.S. Буду очень благодарен, если кто-нибудь адекватно переведёт на английский мою тему. К сожалению, мой уровень владения английским языком оставляет желать лучшего, а машинному переводу я не доверяю, так как он зачастую искажает при переводе.

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I used the machine translation - and it seems to be good this time.

South Africa has a huge problem with invasive aliens
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/alien-early-detection-rapid-response-s-afr

FWIW, here’s Google’s translation:

I deal with the problems of invasive plant species and in the near future I plan to begin a systematic upload of relevant content to the resource. But first I would like to clarify with the community how justified the addition of observations of invasive and potentially invasive species in the culture is (justified).

In my opinion, this is important, since cultivated invasive species are a source of diasporas. And, for example, a pair of cultivated bushes Solidago canadensis in the village in five to ten years can be found at the edge of the nearest forest. In addition, some invasive species with active vegetative propagation tend to run wild and sometimes it is difficult to draw a line between it is still cultivated or has already run wild.

P.S. I would be very grateful if someone adequately translates my topic into English. Unfortunately, my level of English proficiency leaves much to be desired, and I don’t trust machine translation, as it often distorts during translation.

If I’m understanding correctly, you’re asking whether we allow observations of cultivated species that are known to be invasive. The answer is yes, we allow them if they’re correctly marked as “captive / cultivated,” but that we don’t allow them to become “Research Grade” so we don’t distribute them to venues like GBIF. People who are interested in such data should extract it using our export tool or our API (for either you need to specify that you want quality_grade = "casual").

There is, of course, a much larger issue here of how we define (are cultivated plants relevant to iNaturalist users?) and name (why do we call it “Research” grade when cultivated plant observations could be used in research) our data quality grades, and you’ll find many forum threads on these subjects if you’re willing to translate them into English. All I can say from the staff perspective is that while we think about and discuss these issues, changing them is not currently a very high priority.

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Hello leschij. Welcome on board.

Translated using Google Translate. I do not guarantee all is correct.
"I deal with the problems of invasive plant species and in the near future I plan to begin a systematic upload of relevant content to the resource. But first I would like to clarify with the community how justified the addition of observations of invasive and potentially invasive species in the culture is (justified).

In my opinion, this is important, since cultivated invasive species are a source of diasporas. And, for example, a pair of cultivated bushes Solidago canadensis in the village in five to ten years can be found at the edge of the nearest forest. In addition, some invasive species with active vegetative propagation tend to run wild and sometimes it is difficult to draw a line between it is still cultivated or has already run wild.

P.S. I would be very grateful if someone adequately translates my topic into English. Unfortunately, my level of English proficiency leaves much to be desired, and I don’t trust machine translation, as it often distorts during translation."

I agree with @dianastuder
To help answer your question we have a number of different projects in South Africa covering this topic, including the one mentioned above.

Going through this may help answer your question. I personally see no problem. As you rightly say, something today can spread tomorrow.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/alien-s-afr
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/invasive-s-afr
And, this is a combined umbrella project collecting 13 individual projects based on out national legislation concerning invasive organisms: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/nemba-alien-species-south-africa

In your description of an observation, clearly state why you uploading it and why you feel it has the potential to become a problem.

Good luck

Всем спасибо за ответы.

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Further to @dianastuder posting of
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/alien-early-detection-rapid-response-s-afr
I should point out that this project has been very useful in removing incipient invasions and is used by alien clearing teams to identify hotspots. So not just recording aliens, but actively removing them.
However, we are having problems getting buyin to using just iNaturalist for this. So the Cities of Cape Town and Durban have created their own websites to report aliens, and even SANBI - the national institute - only occasionally promotes iNaturalist, often working on emails instead.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/alien-biocontrol-s-afr
Is another useful project, specifically for monitoring movement of biocontrols from their release points.

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Конечно, это оправдано, в общем-то, уже достаточно много наблюдений из ботсадов и пр., где наглядно видно, как вид выходил из культуры.

You could gather your observations of cultivated (not wild) invasive or potentially invasive plants in a project. Thus, these observations could receive some attention from the users despite being marked as casual.

For all your observations of alien species growing in the wild (both plants and animals) in the Euromediterranean area (including Belarus), you could add them in this project:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/euromediterranean-alien-species

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