Toward a causal explanation of plant invasiveness: seedling growth and life-history strategies of 29 pine (Pinus) species.

@article{Grotkopp2002TowardAC,
  title={Toward a causal explanation of plant invasiveness: seedling growth and life-history strategies of 29 pine (Pinus) species.},
  author={Eva Grotkopp and Marcel Rejm{\'a}nek and Thomas L. Rost},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2002},
  volume={159 4},
  pages={396-419}
}
We studied 29 pine (Pinus) species to test the hypothesis that invasive species in disturbed habitats have distinct attributes. Seedling relative growth rate (RGR) and measures of invasiveness were positively associated across species as well as within phylogenetically independent contrasts. High RGR, small seed masses, and short generation times characterize pine species that are successful invaders in disturbed habitats. Discriminant analysis and logistic regression revealed that RGR was the… CONTINUE READING
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