Invasive speed of alien plant species related to plant traits and habitat characterisitcs


The start and spread of alien plant species in most countries is not well documented. Often alien plant species are not detected in the early start of their introduction. Once the presence of a certain alien plant species is detected they get a lot of attention resulting in numerous new records which rather reflect the recording effort rather than a real expansion of the species. To cope with this problem we used a dataset which was set up for mapping the flora of Flanders with a time scope from 1972 until 2008. Each year on average 200 grid cells of 1 km² are prospected and the field surveyors record all plant species they find in the grid cell without having special attention for certain species. By calculation the proportion of the prospected grid cell where a certain alien species was present for each year we could calculate the spread of alien species in a more objective way so we could compare the expansion of alien species with each other. We will try to relate this invisive speed to individual plant trait of the species but we will also trie to detect which land-use characteristics facilitate the invasion of alien plant species.



Botany {Research discipline}
Species {Integration level}
Ecosystem {Integration level}
National {Cooperation status}
Monitoring of Biodiversity {Research orientation}
Belgium {Geographical scope}
Identification and Monitoring {Research purpose}
Magnoliophyta {Taxonomical scope}
Pteridophyta {Taxonomical scope}
Coniferophyta {Taxonomical scope}


Name Role Start End
Van Landuyt, Wouter member 2009-07-01 2010-07-01


Name Role Start End
OG Toestand en Verspreiding van Soorten member 2009-07-01 2010-07-01

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