Special Issue "Ecology and Evolution of Invasive Plant Species"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 800

Special Issue Editors

Nature Research Centre, Institute of Botany, 12000 Vilnius, Lithuania
Interests: plant invasions; plant ecology; plant taxonomy; species conservation
Faculté de Gestion, Economie et Science (FGES), Université Catholique de Lille, 59800 Lille, France
Interests: plant biology; ecological, biological and chemical traits; vegetation; ecosystems analysis and dynamics; conservation; restoration ecology; land and natural resources management; traditional uses and new applications
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Dear Colleagues,

The study of alien and invasive species is one of the areas of greatest interest to researchers working in the fields of biodiversity, molecular biology, ecology and environmental conservation. Despite the thousands of scientific papers being published each year summarizing the various aspects of plant invasions, some topical issues and particular groups of plants receive considerably less attention from researchers. The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to encourage researchers to publish research results that address the following topics in alien and invasive plant species:

(1) Adaptation of species to new environmental conditions at different spatial (population, community, habitat, ecosystem, geographic or biogeographic region, continent, world) and temporal scales;

(2) Mechanisms and consequences of the impact of invasive species on populations and habitats of threatened native plant species;

(3) Ecological, trophic, and mutualistic relationships of alien plant species with other native and alien organisms (bacteria, fungi, plants, animals);

(4) Micro-evolutionary processes in populations of alien and invasive plant species;

(5) Hybridization of alien plant species with native congeners, its impact on native species populations, and assessment of current and potential threats.

Dr. Zigmantas Gudžinskas
Dr. Kevin Cianfaglione
Guest Editors

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  • adaptations
  • communities
  • dispersal
  • ecosystems
  • habitats
  • hybridization
  • micro-evolution
  • mutualistic relationships
  • populations
  • spatial scale
  • temporal scale
  • trophic relationships

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Drivers of Species Distribution and Niche Dynamics for Ornamental Plants Originating at Different Latitudes
Diversity 2023, 15(7), 877; https://doi.org/10.3390/d15070877 - 23 Jul 2023
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Human activities provide migration opportunities for many ornamental plants and make them become a new potential invasion risk, threatening the local ecosystem. However, ornamental plants come from a wide range of sources, and there is still a lack of understanding on the distribution [...] Read more.
Human activities provide migration opportunities for many ornamental plants and make them become a new potential invasion risk, threatening the local ecosystem. However, ornamental plants come from a wide range of sources, and there is still a lack of understanding on the distribution driving factors, ecological niche dynamics and invasion ability of ornamental plants based on the origin of different latitudes to evaluate their potential invasion risks. In this study, an ensemble of ecological niche model and a niche dynamic model were used to analyze the invasion potential of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants originating from different latitudes. The results showed that there were significant differences in environmental factors driving the distribution of plants originating from different latitudes, and climate-related factors were the primary driving force for each plant in the native and introduced regions. Urban land was the most influential factor in the introduced areas of most plants, potentially reflecting the importance of human activities in the distribution of ornamental plants. Additionally, only woody plants originating from mid-latitudes showed greater diffusivity than those originating in high latitudes and low latitudes, and the niche widths of all the herbaceous plants in the introduced regions nearly exceeded those in the native regions. This phenomenon was observed only in woody plants with mid-latitude origins. The niche similarity of all plant species between the introduced and native regions was high, indicating that all species in the introduced regions inherited niche characteristics from plants in the native regions. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecology and Evolution of Invasive Plant Species)
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