Woody Plant Invasion at a Semi-arid Transition Zone: Importance of Ecosystem Type to Colonization and Patch Expansion

TitleWoody Plant Invasion at a Semi-arid Transition Zone: Importance of Ecosystem Type to Colonization and Patch Expansion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPeters DC, Yao J, Gosz J.R.
JournalJournal of Vegetation Science
Volume17
Pagination389-396
Date PublishedJune 15, 2006
ARIS Log Number194825
Keywordscolonization, ecosystem, semi-arid, transition, woody
AbstractOur objective was to evaluate how patterns in colonization and patch expansion of an invasive woody plant, Larrea tridentata (creosotebush) differ between two grassland ecosystems at a biome transition zone. We sampled frequency of occurrence, height, and surface area of saplings (n=134) and patches of adult plants (n=247) of creosotebush within a mosaic of ecosystems dominated either by the Chihuahuan Desert species, black grama, or the shortgrass steppe species, blue grama, located within 1 km of the creosotebush-dominated ecosystem. Distances between patches and patch area were used to estimate connectivity and propagule pressure. Sapling height and distance to the creosotebush dominated ecosystem were used to estimate patterns in dispersal. Our results show that creosotebush saplings (
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