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Measuring Plant DiversityLessons from the Field$
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.001.0001

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Case Study

Case Study

Patterns of Plant Invasions in Forests and Grasslands

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Measuring Plant Diversity
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.003.0010

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

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