Plant invasions and extinction debts

Plant invasion study in Californian grasslands investigates the likelihood of extinction of native species

by University of Toronto Professor Benjamin Gilbert, and Jonathan M. Levine, (Institute for Integrative Biology, Zurich, Switzerland)

Californina grassland, native plants

Invasive plants lower native seed production and habitat connectivity, both of which increase native extinction rates. However, the time to extinction can be on the order of hundreds of years.

See article in U of T News article (Jan 11, 2013) or view the full paper plus supplementary materials on the PNAS web site.

Title: Plant invasions and extinction debts

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