These invasive dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are getting a foothold in mountain ecosystems such as this one in the Andes in Chile.
Credit: Anibal Pauchard
An international research team has studied the distribution of plant species in mountainous environments. The study shows that mountain plant communities are not particularly resistant to invasion by exotic species. The scientists also warn that these may become more aggressive as global warming gets a grip.
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- Pauchard et al. Ain't no mountain high enough: plant invasions reaching new elevations. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2009; 7 (9): 479 DOI: 10.1890/080072
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