Soil Microbial Communities: Critical Roles in Control of Non-Native Invasive Species and Restoration of Ecosystem Functions
Technical Report,26 Jul 2013,26 Jul 2018
Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington United States
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Ecological restoration efforts can increase the diversity and function of degraded areas and inhibit establishment of non- native invasive plant species. However, current restoration practices cannot typically re-establish the full diversity and plant species composition of intact remnant plant communities. This project focuses on the role of soil microbes in improving the establishment of native plants and in ameliorating the negative effects of non-native invasive plant species in grasslands. The researchers particularly focus on the beneficial effects of a group of soil fungi called arbuscular mycorrhizal AM fungi, which form symbiotic associations with most plant species.