Cyprus Mail

Is anyone paying attention to the tumbleweed?

Last year for the first time I saw ‘tumbleweed’ called Russian Thistle in Paphos blown around the roads.  This year I have seen over 100 plants as the numbers have increased exponentially.  This weed came from Russia and is now widespread in several US states where it competes with grass and crops for water. Tumbleweed puts out roots which take all the water from the surrounding area causing crops to fail.  Once it is mature the plant breaks off at the stem and rolls around the fields spreading its seed. The areas in the US where it has established have a similar climate to Cyprus.  In the years to come, this weed will become a real problem for Cyprus.  Is there anyone in the government paying attention to stop it whilst we can?

Peter G Davis, Droushia

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