HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Measuring plant diversity, predicting vulnerability to invasive species

Rapidly invading plant species from other countries are affecting rangeland conditions and wildlife habitat, forcing more native plants into threatened and endangered status and changing natural wildfire regimes. Because resident native diversity can affect the likelihood of invasion by non-native plants, it is critical that scientists accurately assess the composition of plant communities over large areas. A newly released book by USGS ecologist Tom Stohlgren, Measuring Plant Diversity: Lessons from the Field (Oxford University Press, 2006), presents field and analysis methods that can more accurately describe plant biodiversity and help evaluate vulnerability to invasion.

Invasive non-native plant species cost the Nation billions of dollars in prevention, management, and control. Their incursions affect agricultural production, wildfire frequency and severity, and native plant diversity on Federal lands and other natural areas. To better protect native plants and prevent non-native invasions, it is important to assess hot spots of native plant diversity, areas with species that occur only in that area or region, and unique native plant communities. Innovative field and analysis methods described in the new book can be applied to any geographic area to generate a more complete and accurate picture of the patterns of native plant diversity and invasion vulnerability.

Natural resource managers are working to understand the dynamics and interactions of rare and common plant species and habitats to manage grazing, fire, invasive plants, forestry practices, and restoration activities for specific outcomes. The books revised and new sampling approaches, research designs, and field techniques for measuring plant diversity at multiple scales of space and time can help land managers evaluate and address these critical resource management issues. Case studies from actual field investigations that demonstrate how to test and assess various field techni
'"/>

Contact: Michele Banowetz
Michele_Banowetz@usgs.gov
970-226-9301
United States Geological Survey
28-Nov-2006


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Measuring nectar from eucalypts
2. Measuring the unseeable: Penn researchers probe proteins dark energy
3. A chilling solution: Measuring below-ground carbon without destroying trees
4. Measuring hidden parasites in falciparum malaria
5. Circadian clock controls plant growth hormone
6. New system of wastewater treatment could reduce the size of treatment plants by half
7. First case of successful ovarian tissue transplantation between two, nonidentical sisters
8. Discovery in plant virus may help prevent HIV and similar viruses
9. US Department of Defense awards $1.6 million for implantable biochip research
10. News conference on plant diseases and issues important to California
11. Insulin grown in plants relieves diabetes in mice; UCF study holds promise for humans

Post Your Comments:
(Date:3/20/2015)... 20, 2015 Research and Markets ... the "India Sensors Market Forecast and Opportunities ... The sensor market is projected to grow at ... Consumer electronics, automotive, industrial and healthcare sectors are ... country. In addition, adoption of MEMS technology in ...
(Date:3/20/2015)... Conn. , March 20, 2015 NXT-ID, ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile ... smart wallet is one of the products featured in ... March 20th at 11:00 PM EST on the DIY ... to Las Vegas , site of ...
(Date:3/19/2015)... -- NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or the ... commerce market, announces its biometric payment technology, the Wocket® smart ... week on Washington DC,s Fox 5 ... "The Next Great Thing", host Laura Evans calls ... ,a really big breakthrough in mobile payment.,  ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):India Sensors Market Forecast and Opportunities 2020 - STMicroelectronics held the largest share in 2014 2India Sensors Market Forecast and Opportunities 2020 - STMicroelectronics held the largest share in 2014 3NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 2NXT-ID's Wocket Biometric Smart Wallet to Air on "I Want That" International CES Special 3NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 3
(Date:4/16/2015)... MOSCOW , April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... (ChemRar), the Russian pharmaceutical investment and R&D ... announced collaboration for research, development and commercialization ... with the intention to stimulate ... industry.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150416/739742-a) ,     ...
(Date:4/16/2015)... , April 16, 2015  AnaptysBio, Inc., a ... therapeutic antibodies, today announced the advancement of ... into IND-enabling studies. The Company,s anti-IL-36R therapeutic ... for generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP), an orphan ... need. ANB019 is wholly owned within AnaptysBio,s proprietary ...
(Date:4/16/2015)... , April 16, 2015 Avelas Biosciences, an ... improving cancer surgeries, announced today that it has initiated ... illuminator, AVB-620, in women with primary, non-recurrent breast cancer ... also welcomed the addition of Steven Chen , ... The open label, dose escalation study will enroll up ...
(Date:4/16/2015)... LAUSANNE , Switzerland ... Debiopharm International SA (Debiopharm), part of Debiopharm Group ™ ... prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs ... that preclinical data on the investigational compounds ... inhibitor) will be presented at the 2015 ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Lancet and ChemRar High Tech Center Have Announced a Partnership in the Development and Production of Novel Drugs in Russia 2AnaptysBio Advances First-In-Class Anti-IL-36 Receptor Antibody Program To Treat Orphan Inflammatory Disease 2Avelas Biosciences Initiates Phase 1b Trial of AVB-620 in Breast Cancer Patients 2Avelas Biosciences Initiates Phase 1b Trial of AVB-620 in Breast Cancer Patients 3Debiopharm International SA Announces Results of 2 Key Oncology Programs at 2015 AACR Conference 2Debiopharm International SA Announces Results of 2 Key Oncology Programs at 2015 AACR Conference 3
Cached News: