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Global Invader Impact Network (GIIN): toward standardized evaluation of the ecological impacts of invasive plants

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Jacob N. Barney et al.

The Global Invader Impact Network (GIIN) is a coordinated distributed experiment composed of an observational and manipulative methodology. The protocol consists of a series of plots located in (1) an invaded area; (2) an adjacent removal treatment within the invaded area; and (3) a spatially separate uninvaded area thought to be similar to pre-inv ...

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DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1551

Last Update: 2015

Data management Data analysis Ecosystem function Terrestrial Invasive Plants

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The Global Invader Impact Network (GIIN) is a coordinated distributed experiment composed of an observational and manipulative methodology. The protocol consists of a series of plots located in (1) an invaded area; (2) an adjacent removal treatment within the invaded area; and (3) a spatially separate uninvaded area thought to be similar to pre-invasion conditions of the invaded area. A standardized and inexpensive suite of community, soil, and ecosystem metrics are collected allowing broad comparisons among measurements, populations, and species. The method allows for one-time comparisons and for long-term monitoring enabling one to derive information about change due to invasion over time. The goal of the GIIN framework is to create a standard yet flexible platform for understanding the ecological impacts of invasive plants, allowing both individual and synthetic analyses across a range of taxa and ecosystems. If broadly adopted, this standard approach will offer unique insight into the ecological impacts of invasive plants at local, regional, and global scales.#

Contact person: Jacob N. Barney
Contact e-mail: jnbarney@vt.edu
Contact institute: Virginia Tech Invasive Plant Ecology Lab
License: CC BY
Technical Status: Unknown
URL(s): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4541992

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