Vernon Visser

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Distribution data are central to many invasion science applications. The shortage of good information on the distribution of alien species and their spatial dynamics is largely attributable to the cost, effort and expertise required to monitor these species over large areas. Virtual globes, particularly Google Earth, are free and user-friendly software(More)
A method to measure intra- and extracellular conductivity is evaluated. In vitro experiments show that these two variables can be measured separately. The conductivity appears to depend on the concentration and fluid volume of the compartment concerned. In vitro variation of the intracellular volume of blood by dilution and by shrinking and swelling of(More)
Agricultural intensification is critical to meet global food demand, but intensification threatens native species and degrades ecosystems. Sustainable intensification (SI) is heralded as a new approach for enabling growth in agriculture while minimizing environmental impacts. However, the SI literature has overlooked a major environmental risk. Using data(More)
Native geographical range extent has frequently emerged as a correlate of invasiveness, especially for plant species. We tested whether dimensions of the native range (measured by the area-of-occupancy and its scaling patterns) of 720 Australian eucalypts (genera Angophora, Eucalyptus and Corymbia) could explain introduction and invasion success. We also(More)
A study was designed to explore the possibility of detecting the haematocrit of blood by means of admittance measurements. The admittance and phase angle of blood kept in a measuring cell were determined at various frequencies between 60 kHz and 24 MHz. A reliable and accurate estimation of haematocrit was obtained in two ways. First, low-frequency(More)
UNLABELLED • PREMISE OF THE STUDY Polyploidization frequently results in the creation of new plant species, the establishment of which is thought to often be facilitated by ecological niche differentiation from the diploid species. We tested this hypothesis using the cosmopolitan grass genus Phalaris (Poaceae), consisting of 19 species that range from(More)
Conifer populations appear disproportionately threatened by global change. Most examples are, however, drawn from the northern hemisphere and long-term rates of population decline are not well documented as historical data are often lacking. We use a large and long-term (1931–2013) repeat photography dataset together with environmental data and fire records(More)
There is a long history of species being moved around the world by humans. These introduced species can provide substantial benefits, but they can also have undesirable consequences. We explore the importance of human activities on the processes of species dissemination and potential invasions using the grass subfamily Bambusoideae ("bamboos"), a group that(More)