Climate change and invasive plants

Demography-based range models suggest that compared with current climate conditions, moderate climate change by 2050 could reduce the establishment of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), a prolific invader, throughout New England, as indicated by the plant’s poor performance in warm climates; the opposite is likely true for Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), which thrives in warm climates, suggesting a need to incorporate invasion mechanisms into plant invasion forecasts, according to a study. - Read at PNAS

Article #16-09633: “Climate change both facilitates and inhibits invasive plant ranges in New England,” by Cory Merow, Sarah Treanor Bois, Jenica M. Allen, Yingying Xie, and John A. Silander Jr.