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Record number 498192
Title Parent tree distance-dependent recruitment limitation of native and exotic invasive seedlings in urban forests
Author(s) Martínez-García, L.B.; Pietrangelo, O.; Antunes, P.M.
Source Urban Ecosystems 19 (2016)2. - ISSN 1083-8155 - p. 969 - 981.
Department(s) Chair Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Invaded ecosystems - Janzen Connell hypothesis - Mycorrhizal fungi - Recruitment limitation - Species coexistence - Urban forests

Urban forests are more vulnerable to exotic species invasions than natural forests and are often a pathway for exotic invasions into natural areas. Investigating the mechanisms responsible for species coexistence in urban ecosystems is important to prevent forest invasions and conserve native biodiversity. In this experiment, we studied seedling recruitment for two exotic invasive (Acer saccharum and Rhamnus cathartica) and two native tree species (Acer platanoides and Betula papyrifera) in two urban forests. We measured the effects of distance from a mature tree on the growth of conspecific seedlings and their belowground interactions (mutualisms and pathogens). We expected that native seedlings growing in close proximity to a mature conspecific tree would more likely be damaged by co-specific pathogens than those growing further away. In contrast, considering that exotic invaders have not coevolved with the local soil pathogens, distance from the adult conspecific tree would not affect their seedlings. We collected undisturbed soil cores at five incremental distances from each adult tree and grew conspecific seeds in these cores. After three months of growth, we measured plant biomass, mycorrhizal root colonization and root lesions. We found that biomass increased with distance from the mature conspecific tree only for A. platanoides and no distance dependent signal was detected for other response variables. Our results show that distance from a conspecific mature tree may not determine exotic species invasibility in an urban forest and that, instead, this may contribute to promote native and invasive species coexistence in urban forest systems.

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