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Katharine N. Suding, William Stanley Harpole, Tadashi Fukami, Andrew Kulmatiski, Andrew S. MacDougall, Claudia Stein and Wim H. van der Putten Consequences of plant–soil feedbacks in invasion Journal of Ecology 101

Version of Record online: 22 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12057

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Overlaying empirical estimates of pairwise plant–soil feedbacks (PSFs) with spatial simulations, we conclude that the empirically measured PSFs between native and exotic plant species are often not consistent with predictions of the spread of exotic species and mono-dominance. This is particularly the case when exotic species are initially rare and share similar dispersal and average fitness characteristics with native species. However, disturbance and other processes that increase the abundance of exotic species as well as the inclusion of species dispersal and life history differences can interact with PSF effects and lead to spread of invasive species.

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