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Impacts of soil microbial communities on exotic plant invasions

Inderjit, . and Van der Putten, W.H. (2010) Impacts of soil microbial communities on exotic plant invasions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25, 512-519. ISSN 0169-5347.

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Soil communities can have profound effects on invasions of ecosystems by exotic plant species. We propose that there are three main pathways by which this can happen. First, plant–soil feedback interactions in the invaded range are neutral to positive, whereas native plants predominantly suffer from negative soil feedback effects. Second, exotic plants can manipulate local soil biota by enhancing pathogen levels or disrupting communities of root symbionts, while suffering less from this than native plants. Third, exotic plants produce allelochemicals toxic to native plants that cannot be detoxified by local soil communities, or that become more toxic following microbial conversion. We discuss the need for integrating these three pathways in order to further understand how soil communities influence exotic plant invasions.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:7797
Deposited On:07 Oct 2010 02:00
Last Modified:04 Sep 2014 09:58

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