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BACKGROUND AND AIMS The hypothesis of an ancient introduction, i.e. archaeophyte origin, is one of the most challenging questions in phylogeography. Arundo donax (Poaceae) is currently considered to be one of the worst invasive species globally, but it has also been widely utilzed by man across Eurasia for millennia. Despite a lack of phylogenetic data,(More)
While hybridization between Native and Introduced Phragmites australis has not been documented across much of North America, it poses an ongoing threat to Native P. australis across its range. This is especially true for native populations in the biologically rich, but sparsely distributed wetlands of the southwest United States, which are among the most(More)
The environmental and social impacts of Phragmites australis invasion have been extensively studied in the eastern United States. In the West where the invasion is relatively recent, a lack of information on distributions and spread has limited our ability to manage invasive populations or assess whether native populations will experience a decline similar(More)
The genus Phragmites includes several species, of which only Phragmites australis has a worldwide distribution. It has been several decades since the last formal taxonomic examination of the genus and a number of recent genetic studies have revealed novel diversity and unique lineages within the genus. In my initial work on genetic variation in Phragmites(More)
Fire can be an important mechanism by which invasive grasses maintain their dominance in introduced habitats. In April 2009 a dense stand of Saccharum spontaneum in the Panama Canal Watershed burned as a result of an anthropogenic fire. Regrowth was monitored throughout the 2009 growing season and compared to a nearby unburned stand with a similar(More)
The common reed, genus Phragmites (Poaceae), is possibly the most widely distributed and well-studied plant in the world. It is found throughout temperate parts of the world and, while rarer in the tropics, generally dominates plant communities where it occurs, forming a characteristic tall-grass community in wetlands worldwide (Fig. 1). Phragmites has(More)
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