The impact of land use on non-native species incidence and number in local assemblages worldwide

Liu, Daijun; Semenchuk, Philipp; Essl, Franz; Lenzner, Bernd; Moser, Dietmar; Blackburn, Tim M.; Cassey, Phillip; Biancolini, Dino; Capinha, César; Dawson, Wayne; Dyer, Ellie E. ORCID:; Guénard, Benoit; Economo, Evan P.; Kreft, Holger; Pergl, Jan; Pyšek, Petr; van Kleunen, Mark; Nentwig, Wolfgang; Rondinini, Carlo; Seebens, Hanno; Weigelt, Patrick; Winter, Marten; Purvis, Andy; Dullinger, Stefan. 2023 The impact of land use on non-native species incidence and number in local assemblages worldwide. Nature Communications, 14, 2090. 11, pp.

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While the regional distribution of non-native species is increasingly well documented for some taxa, global analyses of non-native species in local assemblages are still missing. Here, we use a worldwide collection of assemblages from five taxa - ants, birds, mammals, spiders and vascular plants - to assess whether the incidence, frequency and proportions of naturalised non-native species depend on type and intensity of land use. In plants, assemblages of primary vegetation are least invaded. In the other taxa, primary vegetation is among the least invaded land-use types, but one or several other types have equally low levels of occurrence, frequency and proportions of non-native species. High land use intensity is associated with higher non-native incidence and frequency in primary vegetation, while intensity effects are inconsistent for other land-use types. These findings highlight the potential dual role of unused primary vegetation in preserving native biodiversity and in conferring resistance against biological invasions.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2041-1723
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NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Agriculture and Soil Science
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Date made live: 07 Nov 2023 09:51 +0 (UTC)

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