Saturday, January 18, 2003

Resisting Invasion

Scientists at the University of Montana have begun a five-year research project that will test the ability of native plants to resist invasion by non-native species. According to this article from the Billings Gazette, dozens of native plants will be grown in plots and exposed to different environmental conditions, and eventually tested against such invasives as spotted knapweed (Centaurea maculosa) and St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum). One goal of the study is to better understand how to create native plant communities that will give revegetation projects the best chance of success.

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