PerspectiveEcology

Interrelated Causes of Plant Invasion

Science  14 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5746, pp. 243-244
DOI: 10.1126/science.1114851

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In his or her Perspective, Blumenthal discusses how plants from high-resource habitats are often poorly defended, nutritious, and strongly regulated by enemies. Consequently, these species may benefit the most by entering new habits to escape their natural enemies. This hypothesis predicts that high-resource invasive species may be particularly susceptible to biological control and that increases in resource availability will favor exotic plants.

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