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|Title: ||Distribution and spread of environmental weeds along New Zealand roadsides|
|Author: ||Sullivan, Jon J.|
Williams, Peter A.
Timmins, Susan M.
Smale, Mark C.
|Date: ||2009 |
|Publisher: ||New Zealand Ecological Society.|
|Citation: ||Sullivan, J. J., Williams, P. A., Timmins, S. M., & Smale, M. C. (2009). Distribution and spread of environmental weeds along New Zealand roadsides. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 33(2), 190-204.|
|Item Type: ||Journal Article|
|Abstract: ||Most non-native weeds and other naturalised plants are in the early stages of invasion into New Zealand landscapes. For this invasion to be controlled, even partially, it is important to understand the dominant routes, mechanisms, and rates of weed spread across landscapes. With their linear corridors of disturbed habitats, roadsides are thought to play a large role in the spread of some weeds. We used both new surveys and existing data to assess which of the 328 environmental weeds listed by the Department of Conservation are most frequently found on roadsides, where, and whether distribution patterns are consistent with linear dispersal. We also analysed historical survey data for relationships between reserve weediness and proximity to roads. We surveyed 340 plots of 100-m-long stretches of roadside across four regions and found between 2 and 19 environmental weeds per plot; 128 species in total (Chao estimate 148). Especially abundant were agricultural species (weeds and cultivated), species that have been naturalised for well over 50 years, and species that disperse externally attached to vertebrates. While we purposefully sampled within 10 km of town limits, we found no strong effect of distance from town on roadside weed richness, including richness of just ornamentally sourced weeds. Instead, number of houses within 250 m and presence of an adjacent house or other residential structure were both important, as was presence of woody vegetation on and adjacent to roadsides. Reserves adjacent to roads had significantly higher weed richness than reserves further from roads, although the causal mechanisms are unclear. Our results suggest that while roadsides include suitable habitats for most environmental weeds, distributions are patchy and roads show little sign of acting as linear dispersal corridors, instead largely reflecting neighbouring land uses. As such, roadside weeds should best be managed as part of the wider landscape.|
|Persistent URL (URI): ||http://hdl.handle.net/10182/4962|
|Related: ||Originally published online by the New Zealand Ecological Society at: http://www.nzes.org.nz/nzje/|
|Related URI: ||http://www.nzes.org.nz/nzje/contents.php?volume_issue=j33_2|
|Rights: ||Copyright © New Zealand Ecological Society|
|Appears in Collections:||Bio-Protection Research Centre|
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