Outlook for Plant Invasions: Interactions with Other Agents of Global Change
It is the daunting task of this chapter to peer into the future and speculate about the prospects for plant invasions. We know that the globe is changing in its physical, biological, and cultural features. What impact might these changes have on the rate at which plant invaders arrive in our natural communities and on the effects they have there? One can certainly list some major changes underway in the environment and review the ways in which the arrival or establishment of invaders might be affected; that is how I will begin. However, it is clearly unwise to think of these factors in isolation from one another, and so I go on to discuss possible synergistic relationships among the factors. I will also try to put into a larger management context the entire issue of plant invasions as affected by global change.
KeywordsGlobal Change Disturbance Regimen Increase Carbon Dioxide Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Elevated Carbon Dioxide
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