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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/3/2016)... , Feb. 3, 2016 ... addition of the "Emotion Detection and ... Learning, and Others), Software Tools (Facial Expression, ... End Users,and Regions - Global forecast to ... --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/d8zjcd/emotion_detection ) has announced ...
(Date:2/2/2016)... 2, 2016   Parabon NanoLabs (Parabon) ... Army Research Office and the Defense Forensics and ... of the company,s Snapshot Kinship Inference ... more generally, defense-related DNA forensics.  Although Snapshot is ... appearance and ancestry from DNA evidence), it also ...
(Date:1/28/2016)... Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA ), a leading developer of ... ended December 31, 2015. --> ... increased 2 percent compared to the comparable quarter last year to ... was $35.0 million, or $0.93 per diluted share. ... first quarter of fiscal 2016 grew 9 percent over the prior ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... Feb. 11, 2016  Dovetail Genomics™ LLC today announced ... program for a planned metagenomic genome assembly service. ... metagenomic genome assembly method in a talk on Friday, ... & Technology conference in Orlando, Fla. ... complex datasets is difficult. Using its proprietary ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... for more than 150 years, continues today to pursue the highest level of ... of analytical instruments: the AR9 Refractometer and the AR5 Refractometer. Accurate, reliable ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Inc. (NYSE: BIOA ), a leader in renewable ... Ltd., its partner in the Sarnia ... CDN$25 million in the joint venture for 10% of ...  Mitsui will also play a stronger role in the ... , providing dedicated resources alongside BioAmber,s commercial team. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Ky. , Feb. 10, 2016 NX ... utilizing its proprietary NeXosome® technology for early warning ... of its most recent study by Dr. ... at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine,s (SMFM) annual ... GA, February 1-6 th , 2016.  The presentation reported ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: