Lianas as invasive species in North America: Chapter 28

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Liana diversity is typically low in the temperate zones; however, the influx of non-native invasive liana species in North America has increased local diversity at the expense of native habitats and species. Some of the most illustrative studies of invasive lianas in temperate North America compared the biological traits of invasive lianas with native congeners or ecological analogs. The majority of these studies focused on two species, Celastrus orbiculatus (oriental bittersweet) and Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle). Temperate zone lianas generally have higher photosynthetic rates than other early successional species and their host trees. Invasive lianas are having an increasing impact on the dynamics and trajectories of North American plant communities. They often exhibit superior growth and survival compared to their native counterparts, and in some cases, invasive lianas may directly contribute to the decline of their native correlates.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Lianas as invasive species in North America: Chapter 28
Chapter 28
DOI 10.1002/9781118392409.ch28
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 16 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Ecology of Lianas
First page 427
Last page 442
Other Geospatial North America
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y