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A new strategy for controlling invasive weeds: selecting valuable native plants to defeat them

Li, Weihua; Luo, Jianning; Tian, Xingshan; Chow, Wah S (Fred); Sun, Zhongyu; Zhang, Taijie; Peng, Shaolin; Peng , Changlian


To explore replacement control of the invasive weed Ipomoea cairica, we studied the competitive effects of two valuable natives, Pueraria lobata and Paederia scandens, on growth and photosynthetic characteristics of I. cairica, in pot and field experiments. When I. cairica was planted in pots with P. lobata or P. scandens, its total biomass decreased by 68.7% and 45.8%, and its stem length by 33.3% and 34.1%, respectively. The two natives depressed growth of the weed by their strong effects on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/srep11004


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