A systematic review of arthropod community diversity in association with invasive plants

  • Invasive plants represent a significant financial burden for land managers and also have the potential to severely degrade ecosystems. Arthropods interact strongly with plants, relying on them for food, shelter, and as nurseries for their young. For these reasons, the impacts of plant invasions are likely strongly reflected by arthropod community dynamics including diversity and abundances. A systematic review was conducted to ascertain the state of the literature with respect to plant invaders and their associated arthropod communities. We found that the majority of studies did not biogeographically contrast arthropod community dynamics from both the home and away ranges and that studies were typically narrow in scope, focusing only on the herbivore feeding guild, rather than assessing two or more trophic levels. Importantly, relative arthropod richness was significantly reduced on invasive plant species. Phylogenetic differences between the invasive and local plant community as well as the plant functional group impact arthropod diversity patterns. A framework highlighting some interaction mechanisms between multiple arthropod trophic levels and native and invasive plants is discussed and future research directions relating to these interactions and the findings herein are proposed.

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Author:Ryan D. Spafford, Christopher J. Lortie, Bradley J. Butterfield
Parent Title (English):NeoBiota
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2013/11/21
Date of first Publication:2013/04/08
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/11/21
Tag:Arthropod; biogeographic contrast; invasive plant; multi-trophic interactions; phylogenetic differences
Page Number:22
First Page:81
Last Page:102
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:NeoBiota / NeoBiota 16
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0