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    Author(s): Denise Z. Avila-Jimenez
    Date: 2005
    Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 295-297
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Over the years, humans have modified the Sonoran Desert by introducing invasive plants that prosper in disturbed and non-disturbed habitats. These invaders modify the dynamics and structure of populations and the composition of communities, which in turn can result in radical changes in wildlife habitat. The natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert is characterized by extensive valleys with parallel and discontinuous arrangements of narrow ranges (Shreve and Wiggins, 1964). Within this ecosystem is the heart of the Sonoran Desert called the Pinacate Reserve (Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar). The Pinacate Reserve registers 97 invasive plant species, of which 18 are altering the natural ecosystems.

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    Avila-Jimenez, Denise Z. 2005. Changes in the Pincate Reserve ecosystems: Invasion of non-native plants. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 295-297

    Keywords

    nonnative plants, invasive species, plant communities, population dynamics, habitats, ecosystems, Sonoran Desert

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