Biological Invasion by Myrica faya Alters Ecosystem Development in Hawaii

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Science  06 Nov 1987:
Vol. 238, Issue 4828, pp. 802-804
DOI: 10.1126/science.238.4828.802


The exotic nitrogen-fixing tree Myrica faya invades young volcanic sites where the growth of native plants is limited by a lack of nitrogen. Myrica quadruples the amount of nitrogen entering certain sites and increases the overall biological availability of nitrogen, thereby altering the nature of ecosystem development after volcanic eruptions.