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Researchers from the University of Miami and University of Pittsburgh conclude that excess deer facilitate population explosion of exotic plants, while suppressing populations of native plants
Invasive species such as kudzu, privet and garlic mustard can devastate ecosystems, and, until now, scientists had little reason to believe that native plants could mount a successful defense.
Like most invasive plants introduced to the U.S. from Europe and other places, garlic mustard first found it easy to dominate the natives. A new study indicates that eventually, however, its primary weapon â€“ a fungus-killing toxin injected into the soil â€“ becomes less potent.
By Cipollini, Kendra A McClain, Georgette Y; Cipollini, Don ABSTRACT. - Invasive plants can exert their effects on native plants through both above- and belowground mechanisms.
By Fitzgerald, Judith M Loeb, Robert E FITZGERALD, J. M. (Department of Biology, Lehman College, City University of New York, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, BRONX, NY, 10468) AND R. E. LOEB (Department of Biology, DuBois Campus, The Pennsylvania State University, DuBois, PA 15801).
Garlic mustard has become an invasive species in temperate forests across the United States, choking out native plants on forest floors and threatening ecosystem diversity. University of Illinois ecologist Adam Davis has created a computer model that in combination with quarantined research tests he believes will be able to predict the perfect predator -- a pest that can be introduced into a forested area that will help reduce the garlic mustard population.
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