Special Issue "Invasive Plants"
A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2019).
2. Restoration Ecology, Technical University of Munich, 85354 Freising, Germany
Interests: ecological novelty; invasion biology; conceptual ecology and metatheory of ecology; evolutionary ecology of invasive plants
Invasive plants can now be found all over the world. In some areas, the presence of these species has led to striking changes; in other cases, they have become inconspicuous parts of the vegetation. Sometimes, they have effects that are clearly negative from a nature conservation point of view, and in some areas, they cause severe economic costs or human health problems. These impacts make biological invasions an important topic urgently calling for research on its applied aspects. Topics of high priority in this respect are related to finding more efficient ways for the prevention of new invasions and management of already established species.
Apart from this, invasive plants are highly interesting for basic research. During an invasion, plants get transported from their native range into a novel area. The environmental conditions in this novel area may differ considerably from those that these plants have evolved with. This leads to invasive plants usually being confronted with a whole range of abiotic and biotic conditions they are not adapted to. In this respect, plant invasions are natural experiments, offering the opportunity to study the effects of such ‘ecological novelty’ on ecological and evolutionary processes. Invasions can therefore be viewed as blueprints, also for how our native plants may respond to changing environmental conditions in the future.
For this Special Issue, we invite manuscripts (original research papers, perspectives, hypotheses, opinions, reviews, modeling approaches, and method papers) covering the whole breadth of research topics related to invasive plants.
Dr. Tina Heger
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- Plant invasions
- Ecological novelty
- Global change
- Novel interactions
- Invasion dynamics
- Responses of native species
- Adaptation in the new range
- Rapid evolution
- Prediction of future invasions
- Prevention of plant invasions
- Management of invasive plants