Title: Factors influencing plant invasiveness
Author: Ortega, Yvette; Pearson, Dean;
Source: In: Kim, Mee-Sook; Butler, Jack, eds. Invasive Species Science Update (No. 3). Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 3-4.
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Invasiveness of spotted knapweed and biological control agents. Dean and Yvette are examining the influence of drought on the invasiveness of spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) and its susceptibility to herbivory by biological control agents. In collaboration with the University of Montana and Forest Health Protection, researchers have constructed 150 experimental plots. Treatments involve controlling precipitation levels by using mechanized rain covers and manipulating access to plants by the biocontrol agent, Cyphocleonus achates, a root-boring weevil. Preliminary analyses indicate that the drought treatment depressed survival of knapweed.
Keywords: invasive species, spotted knapweed, Centaurea maculosa, biological control agents
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Ortega, Yvette; Pearson, Dean. 2009. Factors influencing plant invasiveness. In: Kim, Mee-Sook; Butler, Jack, eds. Invasive Species Science Update (No. 3). Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 3-4.
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