The Importance of Biogeography for Weed Control and Land Restoration

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Invasive weeds are natives somewhere, and in their native regions they can be a nuisance but not a threat. Understanding why can provide with important insights for management and restoration. Hence the importance of studying invasive plants both in their native and non-native ranges. The rapid ability of invasive plants to adapt to new environmental conditions also means that they can respond quickly to climate change, and invasives distributions are only expected to increase with increasing temperatures. Understanding which populations within the invaded regions are best preadapted to future predicted climates can help us to target management on those locations more likely to serve as sources of genotypes best able to spread in a warmer world.

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Daniel Montesinos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Tropical Herbarium - James Cook University. He is al-so editor-in-chief of Web Ecology, published by the European Ecological Federation. He developed his BS, MS, and PhD at the University of Valencia and the CSIC in Spain. Daniel focuses his research on the biogeographical, reproductive, and ecological factors involved in plant biological invasions.