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Forests 2012, 3(4), 853-863; doi:10.3390/f3040853

Response of the Invasive Grass Imperata cylindrica to Disturbance in the Southeastern Forests, USA

1,*  and 2
1 Department of Forestry, Center for Ecology, 1205 Lincoln Drive–MC 4411, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA 2 Center for Agroforestry, School of Natural Resources, 203 ABNR, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201, USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 29 June 2012 / Revised: 14 September 2012 / Accepted: 17 September 2012 / Published: 26 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exotic and Invasive Plant Species Impacting Forests)
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Imperata cylindrica is an invasive plant species that threatens diversity and forest productivity in southeastern ecosystems. We examined the effects of disturbance events, particularly fire and hurricane/salvage harvesting, to determine the effects on I. cylindrica abundance in longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests in the Florida panhandle. Areas that were burned or had greater biomass removal following a hurricane had a greater number of I. cylindrica patches and larger patch size. These results highlight the importance of disturbance events on expanding invasive species populations in this region and are likely applicable for other invasive species as well. Monitoring and treatment should follow disturbance events to ensure that invasive species populations do not exceed unmanageable levels.
Keywords: Imperata cylindrica; fire; hurricane; salvage logging Imperata cylindrica; fire; hurricane; salvage logging
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Holzmueller, E.J.; Jose, S. Response of the Invasive Grass Imperata cylindrica to Disturbance in the Southeastern Forests, USA. Forests 2012, 3, 853-863.

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