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Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities

Firn, J. and Moore, J.L. and MacDougall, A.S. and Borer, E.T. and Seabloom, E. and HilleRisLambers, J. and Harpole, W.S. and Cleland, E.E. and Brown, C.S. and Knops, J.M.H. and Prober, S. and Pyke, D.A. and Farrell, K.A. and Bakker, J. and O’Halloran, L.R. and Adler, P.B. and Collins, S.L. and D’Antonio, C.M. and Crawley, M. J. and Wolkovich, E.M. and La Pierre, K.J. and Melbourne, B.A. and Hautier, Y. and Morgan, J.W. and Leakey, A.B.D. and Kay, A. and McCulley, R. and Davies, K and Stevens, Carly and Chu, C.J. and Holl, K.D. and Klein, J.A. and Fay, P.A. and Hagenah, N. and Kirkham, K.P. and Buckley, Y. (2011) Abundance of introduced species at home predicts abundance away in herbaceous communities. Ecology Letters, 14 (3). pp. 274-281. ISSN 1461-023X

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Abstract

Many ecosystems worldwide are dominated by introduced plant species, leading to loss of biodiversity and ecosystem function. A common but rarely tested assumption is that these plants are more abundant in introduced vs. native communities, because ecological or evolutionary-based shifts in populations underlie invasion success. Here, data for 26 herbaceous species at 39 sites, within eight countries, revealed that species abundances were similar at native (home) and introduced (away) sites – grass species were generally abundant home and away, while forbs were low in abundance, but more abundant at home. Sites with six or more of these species had similar community abundance hierarchies, suggesting that suites of introduced species are assembling similarly on different continents. Overall, we found that substantial changes to populations are not necessarily a pre-condition for invasion success and that increases in species abundance are unusual. Instead, abundance at home predicts abundance away, a potentially useful additional criterion for biosecurity programmes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ecology Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biogeography ; biosecurity ; disturbance ; global meta-study ; homogenization of communities ; invasion paradox ; mechanisms of invasion ; Nutrient Network ; plant invasion ; propagule pressure
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: UNSPECIFIED
ID Code: 53925
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 May 2012 17:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2014 14:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53925

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