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Case Study

Thomas J. Stohlgren

in Measuring Plant Diversity

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172331
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.003.0010
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This chapter discusses the urgent need to assess rapidly the vulnerability of natural landscapes and specific habitats to plant species invasion. Systematic surveys of where non-native species have successfully invaded are needed to guide research, control, and restoration efforts. Since only a small portion of any large landscape or region can be affordably surveyed, modeled information on native and non-native plant diversity, soil characteristics, topography, and climate may be needed to guide the management of invasive species in the larger, unsampled areas. This is a case study that carefully considered current theories, experimental evidence, and various sampling design strategies before initiating the field studies.

Keywords: multi-scale sampling; exotic species; alien species invasions; multi-scale designs; invasion theory

Chapter.  6017 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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