Evolution in invasive plants: implications for biological control.

  title={Evolution in invasive plants: implications for biological control.},
  author={H. M{\"u}ller-sch{\"a}rer and Urs Schaffner and Thomas Steinger},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={19 8},
Evidence is increasing that invasive plants can undergo rapid adaptive evolution during the process of range expansion. Here, we argue that evolutionary change during invasions will also affect plant-antagonist interactions and, thus, will have important implications for biological control programmes targeted at invasive plants. We explore how altered selection in the new range might influence the evolution of plant defence (resistance and tolerance) and life history. The degree to which such… CONTINUE READING
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