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Leanne M. Martin and Brian J. Wilsey Assembly history alters alpha and beta diversity, exotic–native proportions and functioning of restored prairie plant communities Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Version of Record online: 5 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02202.x

Our results indicate that grassland communities can reach alternate exotic- or native-dominated states in uniform environments when perennial exotic species are present. These states were strongly affected by timing of native species arrival and priority effects. Thus, assembly history is a key process that can give rise to beta diversity, and our results suggest that native species should be established early in the restoration process before exotics become fully established.

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