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R E S E A R C H A R T I C L E Identifying Native Vegetation for Reducing Exotic
 

Summary: R E S E A R C H A R T I C L E
Identifying Native Vegetation for Reducing Exotic
Species during the Restoration of Desert Ecosystems
Scott R. Abella,1,2
Donovan J. Craig,1
Stanley D. Smith,3
and Alice C. Newton4
Abstract
There is currently much interest in restoration ecology
in identifying native vegetation that can decrease the
invasibility by exotic species of environments undergoing
restoration. However, uncertainty remains about restora-
tion's ability to limit exotic species, particularly in deserts
where facilitative interactions between plants are preva-
lent. Using candidate native species for restoration in the
Mojave Desert of the southwestern U.S.A., we experimen-
tally assembled a range of plant communities from early
successional forbs to late-successional shrubs and assessed
which vegetation types reduced the establishment of the
priority invasive annuals Bromus rubens (red brome) and

  

Source: Abella, Scott R. - School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology