Exploring the potential of using priority effects during ecological restoration to resist biological invasions in the neotropics

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Manipulating plant order of arrival, a process that creates priority effects, may be an unexplored powerful tool to hinder the establishment of invasive non-native plants in sites under restoration. Knowledge and experimental studies on priority effects in the neotropics are scarce. Here, we propose a research agenda that investigates whether manipulating plant order of arrival can create priority effects in the neotropics, and if this strategy can be used to avoid the spread of undesired species in restoration projects. We also describe our view on expanding existing knowledge on priority effects to the neotropics and identifying key questions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13295
JournalRestoration Ecology
Issue number1
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.2021
Externally publishedYes

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