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Press Release 11-021

Home and Away: Are Invasive Plant Species Really That Special?

Invasive plants are a major environmental problem--but how abundant are they?

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Photo of research area in Sevilleta, N.M.

Research in Sevilleta, N.M., shows that plant abundance at home predicts abundance away.

Credit: Scott Collins, NSF Sevilleta LTER Site


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World map showing NSF Nutrient Network research sites.

The NSF Nutrient Network has research sites dotted across the globe.

Credit: NSF Nutrient Network


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Photo of Kinypanial grassland in Australia.

Data from Kinypanial Grassland in Australia led to new conclusions about invasive plants.

Credit: John Morgan, La Trobe University


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Photo of Silwood Park in the United Kingdom.

Silwood Park in the United Kingdom is another of 39 Nutrient Network sites in 8 countries.

Credit: Joslin Moore, University of Melbourne


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Photo of the plants of Cowichan in British Columbia, Canada.

The plants of Cowichan in British Columbia, Canada, added to the data on "home vs. away."

Credit: Andrew MacDougall, University of Guelph


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Photo of the Nutrient Network site in Boulder, Colorado.

"Exclosure fencing" in Boulder, Colorado, marks the location of a Nutrient Network site.

Credit: Brett Melbourne, University of Colorado-Boulder


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