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Chaeho Byun, Sylvie de Blois and Jacques Brisson Plant functional group identity and diversity determine biotic resistance to invasion by an exotic grass Journal of Ecology 101

Article first published online: 26 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12016

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Functional group identity and diversity of resident wetland plant communities are good predictors of biotic resistance to invasion by an introduced lineage of Phragmites australis, suggesting niche pre-emption (priority effect) and niche partitioning (diversity effect) as underlying mechanisms. Guiding principles to understand and/or manage biological invasion could emerge from advances in community theory and the use of a functional framework. Targeting widely distributed model invasive species, such as P. australis, could facilitate generalization in invasion ecology and functional ecology.

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