Journal of Biodiversity Management & ForestryISSN: 2327-4417

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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 2 Issue: 1

Increasing Invasion of Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara and Grande and Change in the Understory Community across Eight Years in a Fragmented Illinois Woodland

SD Rose1*, AG Endress1, PJ Frank1, MC Kwit1 and JC Helge1
1Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, USA
Corresponding author : Rose SD, PhD
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Tel: 256-684-5249
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: November 11, 2012 Accepted: February 11, 2013 Published: February 15, 2013
Citation: Rose SD, Endress AG, Frank PJ, Kwit MC, Helge JC (2013) Increasing Invasion of Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara and Grande and Change in the Understory Community across Eight Years in a Fragmented Illinois Woodland. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 2:1. doi:10.4172/2327-4417.1000105

Abstract

Increasing Invasion of Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara and Grande and Change in the Understory Community across Eight Years in a Fragmented Illinois Woodland

Alliaria petiolata (Bieb.) Cavara and Grande, a European biennial herb, has been a serious invader of natural areas and woodland communities of North America where it has been blamed for decreases in native species richness and community complexity. Most studies are conducted in places where strong impacts are already apparent. Studies analyzing the role of invasive species in pushing native species towards extinction or extirpation and documentation of invasion history are needed. This study was conducted at a previously grazed woodlot of second growth hardwood.

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