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Use of exotic plants to control Spartina alterniflora invasion and promote mangrove restoration.

Zhou T, Liu S, Feng Z, Liu G, Gan Q, Peng S - Sci Rep (2015)

Bottom Line: I: In a mangrove area invaded by S. alterniflora, exotic S. apetala and S. caseolaris grew rapidly due to their relatively fast-growing character and an allelopathic effect.III: The growth of native mangrove was promoted because exotic plant seedlings cannot regenerate in the understory shade, whereas native mesophytic mangrove plants seedlings can grow; when the area experiences extreme low temperatures in winter or at other times, S. apetala dies, and native mangrove species grow to restore the communities.This model has important implications for addressing the worldwide problems of "how to implement the ecological control of invasion using exotic species" and "how to concurrently promote native community restoration during the control of exotic invasion".

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Guangdong Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275.

ABSTRACT
In coastal China, the exotic invasive Spartina alterniflora is preventing the establishment of native mangroves. The use of exotic species, control of exotic plant invasion, and restoration of native plant communities are timely research issues. We used exotic Sonneratia apetala Buch.-Ham and S. caseolaris (L.) Engl. to control invasive Spartina alterniflora Loisel through replacement control for five years, which concurrently promoted the restoration of native mangroves. This process includes three stages. I: In a mangrove area invaded by S. alterniflora, exotic S. apetala and S. caseolaris grew rapidly due to their relatively fast-growing character and an allelopathic effect. II: Fast-growing S. apetala and S. caseolaris eradicate S. alterniflora through shading and allelopathy. III: The growth of native mangrove was promoted because exotic plant seedlings cannot regenerate in the understory shade, whereas native mesophytic mangrove plants seedlings can grow; when the area experiences extreme low temperatures in winter or at other times, S. apetala dies, and native mangrove species grow to restore the communities. This model has important implications for addressing the worldwide problems of "how to implement the ecological control of invasion using exotic species" and "how to concurrently promote native community restoration during the control of exotic invasion".

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Distribution of the study sites in Qi’ao Island:(I) S. alterniflora; (II) S. apetala + S. alterniflora; (III) S. apetala + S. caseolaris + S. alterniflora; and (IV) mature S. apetala. Figure 1 was drawn by Ting Zhou, and was generated by Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The photographs were taken by Jing Li (I and IV) and Yan Zeng (II and III).
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f1: Distribution of the study sites in Qi’ao Island:(I) S. alterniflora; (II) S. apetala + S. alterniflora; (III) S. apetala + S. caseolaris + S. alterniflora; and (IV) mature S. apetala. Figure 1 was drawn by Ting Zhou, and was generated by Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The photographs were taken by Jing Li (I and IV) and Yan Zeng (II and III).

Mentions: The plot chosen was an approximately ~14.7-ha tidal flat with S. alterniflora in the west of Qi’ao Island. In early 2008, S. apetala single-species and S. apetala + S. caseolaris mixed-species plots were planted in the S. alterniflora tidal flat (planting density of ~35 trees/100 m2, Table 1). Additionally, a pure plot of S. alterniflora and a 6–8-year-old mature S. apetala plot without S. alterniflora growth were selected as controls (Fig. 1).


Use of exotic plants to control Spartina alterniflora invasion and promote mangrove restoration.

Zhou T, Liu S, Feng Z, Liu G, Gan Q, Peng S - Sci Rep (2015)

Distribution of the study sites in Qi’ao Island:(I) S. alterniflora; (II) S. apetala + S. alterniflora; (III) S. apetala + S. caseolaris + S. alterniflora; and (IV) mature S. apetala. Figure 1 was drawn by Ting Zhou, and was generated by Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The photographs were taken by Jing Li (I and IV) and Yan Zeng (II and III).
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f1: Distribution of the study sites in Qi’ao Island:(I) S. alterniflora; (II) S. apetala + S. alterniflora; (III) S. apetala + S. caseolaris + S. alterniflora; and (IV) mature S. apetala. Figure 1 was drawn by Ting Zhou, and was generated by Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. The photographs were taken by Jing Li (I and IV) and Yan Zeng (II and III).
Mentions: The plot chosen was an approximately ~14.7-ha tidal flat with S. alterniflora in the west of Qi’ao Island. In early 2008, S. apetala single-species and S. apetala + S. caseolaris mixed-species plots were planted in the S. alterniflora tidal flat (planting density of ~35 trees/100 m2, Table 1). Additionally, a pure plot of S. alterniflora and a 6–8-year-old mature S. apetala plot without S. alterniflora growth were selected as controls (Fig. 1).

Bottom Line: I: In a mangrove area invaded by S. alterniflora, exotic S. apetala and S. caseolaris grew rapidly due to their relatively fast-growing character and an allelopathic effect.III: The growth of native mangrove was promoted because exotic plant seedlings cannot regenerate in the understory shade, whereas native mesophytic mangrove plants seedlings can grow; when the area experiences extreme low temperatures in winter or at other times, S. apetala dies, and native mangrove species grow to restore the communities.This model has important implications for addressing the worldwide problems of "how to implement the ecological control of invasion using exotic species" and "how to concurrently promote native community restoration during the control of exotic invasion".

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Guangdong Key Laboratory of Plant Resources, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275.

ABSTRACT
In coastal China, the exotic invasive Spartina alterniflora is preventing the establishment of native mangroves. The use of exotic species, control of exotic plant invasion, and restoration of native plant communities are timely research issues. We used exotic Sonneratia apetala Buch.-Ham and S. caseolaris (L.) Engl. to control invasive Spartina alterniflora Loisel through replacement control for five years, which concurrently promoted the restoration of native mangroves. This process includes three stages. I: In a mangrove area invaded by S. alterniflora, exotic S. apetala and S. caseolaris grew rapidly due to their relatively fast-growing character and an allelopathic effect. II: Fast-growing S. apetala and S. caseolaris eradicate S. alterniflora through shading and allelopathy. III: The growth of native mangrove was promoted because exotic plant seedlings cannot regenerate in the understory shade, whereas native mesophytic mangrove plants seedlings can grow; when the area experiences extreme low temperatures in winter or at other times, S. apetala dies, and native mangrove species grow to restore the communities. This model has important implications for addressing the worldwide problems of "how to implement the ecological control of invasion using exotic species" and "how to concurrently promote native community restoration during the control of exotic invasion".

No MeSH data available.