The growth of the non-native Crassula helmsii increases the rarity scores of macrophyte assemblages in south-eastern England

Smith, Tim and Buckley, P. (2015) The growth of the non-native Crassula helmsii increases the rarity scores of macrophyte assemblages in south-eastern England. New Journal of Botany, 5 (3). pp. 192-199. ISSN 2042-3489.

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Abstract

The impact of invasive species on native species is often overlooked. Anecdotal and unmeasured evidence often gains more notice as more empirical research is not available. This study examined the impact of the aquatic invasive species Crassula helmsii across a range of waterbody and landscape types in south east England. Plant species lists were compiled for both invaded and uninvaded sites. Scoring systems using both national and county level indices were used to give a measurement of species rarity. The results showed how invasion has not caused species diversity reductions. Examination of the results has shown how species assemblages have been altered, but often favouring rarer species. Explanations for these findings are discussed. Limitations of the findings including translation to other species and to other geographical areas are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0001 General including nature conservation, geographical distribution > QH077 Nature conservation
Q Science > QK Botany > QK0001 General
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Phil Buckley
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 03:46
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13736

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