Methods to test the interactive effects of drought and plant invasion on ecosystem structure and function using complementary common garden and field experiments

@inproceedings{Alba2017MethodsTT,
  title={Methods to test the interactive effects of drought and plant invasion on ecosystem structure and function using complementary common garden and field experiments},
  author={Christina Alba and Julienne E. NeSmith and Catherine Fahey and Christine Angelini and S. Luke Flory},
  booktitle={Ecology and evolution},
  year={2017}
}
Abiotic global change drivers affect ecosystem structure and function, but how they interact with biotic factors such as invasive plants is understudied. Such interactions may be additive, synergistic, or offsetting, and difficult to predict. We present methods to test the individual and interactive effects of drought and plant invasion on native ecosystems. We coupled a factorial common garden experiment containing resident communities exposed to drought (imposed with rainout shelters) and… CONTINUE READING
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