Collaboration at NCEAS inspires network of ecologists discovering a new side of invasive plants

Ecologists engaged in synthesis work at NCEAS became inspired to develop consistent grassland experiments to facilitate data comparison. The Nutrient Network that grew out of this inspiration found that most introduced plants do not run rampant in their new ranges. They also discovered which species tended to increase in abundance, which should bolster efforts to contain the spread of destructive exotic plants by providing solid data about the likelihood of such events.

Articles about the international Nutrient Network:
Related publications:
Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities
Jennifer Firn et al.
Ecology Letters 14(3), Feb 2011

 

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Posted on May 3, 2011