Bringing together ecology and management of invasive plants within natural and agricultural ecosystems, this book bridges the knowledge gap between the processes operating within ecosystems and the practices used to prevent, contain, control and eradicate invasive plant species. The book targets key processes that can be managed, the impact of invasive plants on these ecosystem processes and illustrates how adopting ecologically based principles can influence the ecosystem and lead to effective land management.
About the Author
Thomas A. Monaco is at USDA-ARS, Forage and Range Research Laboratory, Utah State University.
Roger A. Sheley is at USDA-ARS, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center.
Table of Contents
PART I - Assessing ecosystem processes and invasive plant impacts1) Managing invasive species in heterogeneous ecosystems2) Linking disturbance regimes, vegetation dynamics, and plant strategies across complex landscapes to mitigate and manage plant invasions3) Land-use legacy effects of cultivation on ecological processes4) Resource pool dynamics: conditions that regulate species interactions and dominance5) Invasive plant impacts on soil properties, nutrient cycling, and microbial communitiesPART 2 - Principles and practices to influence ecosystem change6) Weather variability, ecological processes, and optimization of soil micro-environment for rangeland restoration7) The effects of plant-soil feedbacks on invasive plants: mechanisms and potential management options8) Species performance: the relationship between nutrient availability, life history traits, and stress 9) Reducing invasive plant performance: a precursor to restoration10) Revegetation: using current technologies and ecological knowledge to manage site availability, species availability, and species performance