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Going up the Andes: patterns and drivers of non-native plant invasions across latitudinal and elevational gradients

Going up the Andes: patterns and drivers of non-native plant invasions across latitudinal and elevational gradients.
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Fecha: 2023
Autor: Fuertes-Lilo, Eduardo., Lembrechts, Jonas J., Barros, Agustina., Aschero, Valeria., Bustamante, Ramiro O.,  Cavieres, Lohengrin A., Clavel, Jan., Herrera, Ileana., Jiménez, Alejandra., Tecco, Paula., Hulme, Philip E., Núñez, Martín A., Rozzi, Ricardo., García, Rafael A., Simberloff, Daniel., Nijs, Ivan., Pauchard, Aníbal.
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Editorial: Biodiversity and Conservation
Derechos: Acceso abierto


The Andes mountain range in South America has a high level of endemism and is a major source of ecosystem services. The Andes is increasingly threatened by anthropogenic disturbances that have allowed the establishment of non-native plants, mainly in the lower elevation areas. However, synergies between climate change and anthropogenic pressure are promoting the spread of non-native plants to higher elevation areas. In this article, we evaluate and identify the main non-native plants invading Andean ecosystems, and assess their taxonomic families, growth forms and distribution patterns. Based on a systematic literature review, we identified the importance of climatic and anthropogenic factors as drivers of non-native species establishment in Andean ecosystems and the main impacts of non-native plants in the Andes. We then identified research gaps across each biogeographic region in the Andes. Finally, we highlight key elements to better tackle the problem of non-native plant invasions in Andean ecosystems, including the need for a systematic monitoring of invasion patterns and spread (e.g. MIREN protocol) and a common policy agenda across international borders for the prevention and management of non-native plants in this highly vulnerable region.

Non-native plants; Andes Mountain range; MIREN protocols; Anthropogenic disturbance; Invasive species prevention and management

Relación ISSN-e: 1572-9710
Cobertura EC


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Volumen 313
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