Category Archives: Native Plants

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Are Alien Species A Big Picture Problem Or A Local Menace?

Rather than getting a picture of all the new species increasing and all the native species decreasing, which is the way that the story seems to get portrayed sometimes, we see that the date a plant species arrives in Britain doesn’t predict whether it will be increasing or decreasing.

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High School Students Rewilding Florida With Native Orchids

These kids are interested in the plants, they asked thoughtful, higher-level questions, they were meticulous about taking care of orchids, It was the most amazing unintended outcome I could’ve asked for.

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The Future Is Here: Non-Native Plants Already Dominate The Landscape

Ecologists typically think of invasive species as being introduced in one spot and gradually spreading out from there. But, we found that even species with only a handful of occurrences were distributed all across the U.S.,The future may already be here.

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Invasive Ant Species Spread Invasive Plant Species

An invasive ant species that has become increasingly abundant in eastern North America not only takes over yards and delivers a nasty sting, it’s helping the spread of an invasive plant species. The ants are very effective dispersers of invasive plant seeds and new research suggests that together they could wreak havoc on native ecosystems.

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‘Resistance is futile.’ The Inevitability Of Invasive Species

Invasive plants, they found, were more likely to have evolved in habitats with a great diversity of competing species. Darwin was right: Some plants have evolved to be fighters.

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The More The Merrier: Native plant diversity increases herbivory to non-natives

Diverse plant communities are more likely to contain herbivores that are able to consume a non-native species, which may help to explain why diverse communities are able to resist invaders while others are easily dominated.

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Walden Pond trees leafing out far earlier than in Thoreau’s time

By comparing historical observations with current experiments, we see that climate change is creating a whole new risk for the native plants in Concord

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Native Plants Adapt To Invasives And Hold Their Own

Taken together, the findings suggest that the native and invasive species could reach equilibrium over a long period of time.

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Can viruses protect orchid species against climate change?

The work will open the floodgates on new virus discoveries in our region, with the techniques developed being applicable to a wide range of other biological systems worldwide