Fluctuating resources in plant communities: a general theory of invasibility

  title={Fluctuating resources in plant communities: a general theory of invasibility},
  author={Mark A. Davis and John Philip Grime and Ken A. Thompson},
  journal={Journal of Ecology},
1 The invasion of habitats by non‐native plant and animal species is a global phenomenon with potentially grave consequences for ecological, economic, and social systems. Unfortunately, to date, the study of invasions has been primarily anecdotal and resistant to generalization. 
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