Forest Roads Facilitate the Spread of Invasive Plants

Photo by Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

Photo by Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

David A. Mortensen and others. Invasive Plant Science and Management 2(3):191-199.

This large-scale survey highlights the importance of roads in predicting the presence of invasive plants, also revealing that one invasive plant, Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), has spread rapidly since its introduction. READ FULL ABSTRACT HERE 

Invasion Shadows: The Accumulation and Loss of Ecological Impacts from an Invasive Plant (Japanese stiltgrass), 2017.

By Daniel R. Tekiela and Jacob N. Barney.

This article describes how the impact of weedy plants can linger for years.  Newly established invasive populations don’t produce the same level of lingering legacy effects as those that are long established, making early eradication imperative.  READ THE FULL ABSTRACT.