Local adaptation in a New Zealand invader, Mimulus guttatus

  title={Local adaptation in a New Zealand invader, Mimulus guttatus},
  author={M. E. Williamson and P. Hulme and David A. Condor and H. Chapman},
  journal={New Zealand Plant Protection},
The New Zealand flora comprises proportionately more alien species than anywhere else on Earth. Many of these species are ‘sleeper’ species, currently not invasive but with the potential to become so. Understanding what traits lead to sleepers becoming invasive is a key question in invasion biology. One hypothesis is local adaptation — that is, selection pressures in an alien habitat select for certain genetic traits favouring species spread. In New Zealand, the semi-aquatic herb Mimulus… Expand