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Naturalization and invasion of alien plants: concepts and definitions
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It is proposed that the term ‘invasive’ should be used without any inference to environmental or economic impact, and terms like ‘pests’ and ‘weeds’ are suitable labels for the 50–80% of invaders that have harmful effects. Expand
Plant invasions — the role of mutualisms
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The view that tightly coevolved, plant‐vertebrate seed dispersal systems are extremely rare is supported and perspectives on mutualisms in screening protocols will improve the ability to predict whether a given plant species could invade a particular habitat. Expand
Alien plants in checklists and floras: towards better communication between taxonomists and ecologists
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Recommendations are outlined on how to deal with the issue of plant invasions in standard floras with the aim of contributing to a better understanding between taxonomists and ecologists and allowing more detailed comparative analyses of alien floras of various regions of the world. Expand
INTRODUCED SPECIES: A SIGNIFICANT COMPONENT OF HUMAN-CAUSED GLOBAL CHANGE
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It is suggested that biological invasions by notorious species like the zebra mussel, and its many less-famous counterparts, have become so widespread as to represent a significant component of global environmental change. Expand
Trees and shrubs as invasive alien species – a global review
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The objectively compiled list of invasive species presented here provides a snapshot of the current dimensions of the phenomenon and will be useful for screening new introductions for invasive potential. Expand
Toward a Causal Explanation of Plant Invasiveness: Seedling Growth and Life‐History Strategies of 29 Pine (Pinus) Species
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It is found that Seedling relative growth rate (RGR) and measures of invasiveness were positively associated across species as well as within phylogenetically independent contrasts and SLA was found to be the main component responsible for differences in RGR between invasive and noninvasive pines. Expand
A theory of seed plant invasiveness: The first sketch
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Analysis of exotic Gramineae and Compositae introduced from Europe to California supports Darwin's suggestion that alien species belonging to exotic genera are more likely to be invasive than alien species from genera represented in the native flora. Expand
Invasive plants: approaches and predictions
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An emerging theory of plant invasiveness based on biological characters has resulted in several rather robust predictions which are presented in this paper. Expand
High seedling relative growth rate and specific leaf area are traits of invasive species: phylogenetically independent contrasts of woody angiosperms.
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Optization of fast seedling growth associated with opportunistic resource acquisition and increased root allocation to survive summer drought may be critical for the success of plant invaders in regions with mediterranean climates. Expand
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