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Resprouting potential of rhizome fragments in an invasive aquatic plant

Non-native aquatic Ludwigia species from a polyploid complex are among the world’s most problematic invasive plants. A new paper in AoBP finds out why.

Loss of functional diversity and network modularity in introduced plant–fungal symbioses

Native and alien trees associate with a wide range of beneficial fungi, but the few studies of these interactions tend to focus only on...

From South America to Shenzhen, China; road trip of an invasive weed

The South American weed Mikania micrantha has spread rapidly across Southern China since its introduction to the Shenzhen region in 1984. Geng et al....

Trait responses of invasive aquatic macrophyte congeners: colonizing diploid outperforms polyploidy

Polyploidy (multiple copies of whole genomes) is over-represented in invasive plants and thought to promote their success in novel environments.  Understanding functional traits supporting...

Demographic consequences of genetic variation for a plant invasion

Genetic variation may play an important role in plant population fitness and invasion success. Li et al. combine genetic analysis and demographic data to...

Genetic analysis of spatial overlap by invasive vines

Kartzinel et al. use genetic markers to determine the extent and overlap of genetically unique kudzu vines (Pueraria montana var. lobata) in multiple patches over 2 years, and find that, contrary to expectations, patches are not dominated by one or a few genets.

Polyploidy and plant invasions (Invited Review)

Biological invasions are a major ecological and socio-economic problem in many parts of the world. Te Beest et al. synthesize current knowledge on the importance...

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A common event for flowering plants is whole genome duplication (WGD), where a plant gets extra chromosomes. It’s often studied in mature...

Simulating the effects of local adaptation and life history on the ability of plants to track climate shifts

Local adaptation is common but not universal in plants and results from the interplay of gene flow with natural selection. Gene flow...

What creates Gentiana diversity in mountains?

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is extremely rich in species, but why? One recent explanation is the mountain‐geobiodiversity hypothesis (MGH) by Mosbrugger et...

Modelling Three-Dimensional Leaf Shape Variation

L-Cucumber’s leaf prototype mimics leaf shape of stressed plants.