The Restoration Ecology Research Group is looking for a student for its restoration experiment
The presence and spread of invasive alien species (IAS) are a major threat to biodiversity, as well as affecting the economy and human well-being. For this reason, there is a need to develop effective strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of IAS and promote the resilience of native communities. Studies suggest that seeding with native species may be an effective restoration method. Three IAS were selected for the experiment (Asclepias syriaca, Conyza canadensis, Tragus racemosus). The plants chosen are all widespread and cause problems in native communities. Native species were assigned to their invasive counterparts based on plant similarities (Galium verum, Gypsophyla paniculata, Saponaria officinalis), and we also selected Festuca vaginata as a strong competitor grass species. Native and invasive plants were sown in pairs and separately, and a mixture of native species was also tested. Our results open up new perspectives for control and prevention of the spread of invasive alien species. We are providing the scientific basis for developing new, effective seeding methods to prevent the establishment and further spread of problematic, invasive plant species.
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New publication about the project in Restoration Ecology, click here.