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Biocontrol of Aravalli’s Prosopis juliflora

Introduced more than a century ago, Prosopis juliflora, an invasive alien species (IAS), has colonised India against all odds of geographic variability. The vilayati keekar (Prosopis juliflora) is the most dominant species in India’s arid and semi-arid tracts, especially in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana. Aravalli, the oldest mountain range in India, cuts diagonally across these states, running from the southwest to the northeast. In a regime where biodiversity is closely adapted to the arid environs, Prosopis juliflora occupies...

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