6. Invasive Plants and Climate Change in Natural Ecosystems

  1. Lewis H. Ziska Ph.D. Plant Physiologist1 and
  2. Jeffrey S. Dukes Ph.D. Associate Professor2,3

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch6

Weed Biology and Climate Change

Weed Biology and Climate Change

How to Cite

Ziska, L. H. and Dukes, J. S. (2010) Invasive Plants and Climate Change in Natural Ecosystems, in Weed Biology and Climate Change, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Building 1, 10300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813814179

Online ISBN: 9780470958674



  • invasive plants and climate change - in natural ecosystems;
  • invasive plants in natural ecosystems - ecology and significance;
  • nonnative plant species, and invading natural ecosystems - ecological or economic harm;
  • first stages of invasion, sharing common features - in agricultural and natural systems;
  • enemy release hypothesis - leading to theories that IPS can evolve;
  • invasive plants, altering virtually - all important ecosystem processes;
  • IPS, disrupting natural ecosystems - land managers, identifying invasions and eradicating the IPS;
  • management techniques for IPS - tailored to location and the IPS;
  • environmental changes and invasive species;
  • responses to changing biotic conditions - shifting climate by itself, favoring species with certain traits


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Invasive Plants in Natural Ecosystems: Ecology and Significance

  • Environmental Changes and Invasive Species

  • Summary

  • References