Alien Insect Impact on Cultural Heritage and Landscape: an Underestimated Problem

Barbara Manachini

Abstract


The impact of alien invasive insects on cultural heritage and landscapes is very often neglected; even though, more than 50% of species that threaten cultural heritage in Europe are of exotic origin. In addition they are more aggressive. Several examples and a description, are given of the most dangerous alien insects present in heritage sites that constitute a risk for the conservation of cultural property: museum collections, libraries, archives and historic buildings. Globalisation has increased this phenomenon but traces of the accidental introduction of insect pests have occurred since Roman times. The paper discusses the need to implement an estimation of the costs that arise from the damage caused by these species and the lack of specific legislative aspects.

Keywords


Invasive species; economic impact; insect pests; biodiversity

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DOI: 10.6092/issn.1973-9494/7119

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