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Life in interstitial space: Biocrusts inhibit exotic but not native plant establishment in semi-arid grasslandsAuthor(s): Mandy L. Slate; Ragan M. Callaway; Dean E. Pearson
Source: Journal of Ecology. 107: 1317-1327.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionExotic plant species commonly exploit disturbances more successfully than native plants. This outcome is widely attributed to the fact that disturbance reduces biotic resistance from native plant competitors. However, biocrusts, communities of mosses, lichens, and micro‐organisms, are a prominent component of semi‐arid grasslands occurring in the interstitial spaces between vascular plants. Biocrusts may provide an important source of biotic resistance to invaders, different from native plant competition, but poorly understood.
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CitationSlate, Mandy L.; Callaway, Ragan M.; Pearson, Dean E. 2019. Life in interstitial space: Biocrusts inhibit exotic but not native plant establishment in semi-arid grasslands. Journal of Ecology. 107: 1317-1327.
Keywordsbiological soil crusts, biotic resistance, disturbance, establishment, exotic plants, germination, grasslands, invasion
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