Niche opportunities and invasion dynamics in a desert annual community.

  title={Niche opportunities and invasion dynamics in a desert annual community.},
  author={Ginger R. H. Allington and David N. Koons and S K Morgan Ernest and Michele R. Schutzenhofer and Thomas J. Valone},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={16 2},
Although many factors influence the ability of exotics to invade successfully, most studies focus on only a few variables to explain invasion; attempts at theoretical synthesis are largely untested. The niche opportunities framework proposes that the demographic success of an invader is largely affected by the availability of resources and the abundance of its enemies. Here, we use a 31-year study from a desert ecosystem to examine the niche opportunities framework via the invasion of the… CONTINUE READING
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