Long-term population dynamics of seeded plants in invaded grasslands


A paper by MJ Rinella, JM Mangold, EK Espeland, RL Sheley, JS Jacobs published in Ecological Applications (22:4:1320-1329), 2012.

In this study, researchers introduced species from seed and then periodically measured plant abundances for nine years at one site and 15 years at a second site; their 15-year data are the longest to date from a seeding experiment in invaded, never-cultivated grassland. Results show that seeded species sometimes persist and suppress invaders for long periods, but short-term data (4 years or less) cannot predict if, when, or where this will occur.

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Published 2012; reviewed 2019