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Ecological Principles Underpinning Invasive Plant Management Tools and Strategies
- James, Jeremy J., Sheley, Roger L., Smith, Brenda S.
- Rangelands 2012 v.34 no.6 pp. 27
- ecological invasion, integrated weed management, invasive species, life history, plant communities, plant physiology, vegetation structure
- The broad focus of ecologically-based invasive plant management is to identify and repair the ecological processes facilitating plant invasion. To be useful, however, EBIPM requires that our application of management tools and strategies be based on ecological principles that determine the rate and direction of plant community change. Ecological principles are constraints that influence the relative abundance of desired and invasive species. In this paper we highlight some of the key ecological literature that can allow development of central ecological principles as well as the ecological, physiological and life-history characteristics that form the basis of these ecological principles.