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Computational Ecology and Software, 2011, 1(1): 60-65
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Short Communication

Quantitative risk analysis and prediction of potential distribution areas of common lantana (Lantana Camara) in China

XiangRong Li
School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China

Received 2 January 2011; Accepted 23 March 2011; Published online 1 April 2011
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Abstract
The ornamental hybrid shrub, Lantana camara L. (lantana), is a serious environmental weed and has been targeted for the biologist. This paper used such approaches as Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), fuzzy decision, etc., to analyze and predict potential distribution areas of common lantana in 147 sites of China. Based on ecological properties of common lantana, we chose 5 climate ecological factors, i.e., mean annual temperature, mean temperature from March to May in a year, elevation, days with temperature greater than 25 and annual precipitation. The results showed that common lantana will continue to spread forward north China (Hunan, Hubei, etc.).

Keywords Lantana camara; AHP; suitability analysis; distribution.



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