Intraspecific variation in Sporobolus airoides: does experience with invasive Russian knapweed impact plant growth?Public Deposited
There is growing evidence that growth with invasive species influences the traits of co-occurring native plants over multiple generations. Some studies indicate that these experienced populations perform better in the presence of the invasive species that led to the trait changes. These experienced populations could serve as source material for restorations in the face of these invasive species to improve survival and competitive ability under these stressful conditions. So, here we grew multiple populations of a native grass that had grown with the invasive Russian knapweed or without Russian knapweed to compare the traits of the populations. We measured multiple above and below ground traits to address this hypothesis. We observed variation by population for traits measured which requires further inquiry.
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