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Evidence for multiple introductions of Phragmites australis to North America: detection of a new non-native haplotype
Biological Invasions (2013)
  • Laura A. Meyerson, University of Rhode Island
Abstract
We found a new non-native haplotype of Phragmites australis in North America that provides convincing evidence for multiple introductions of this highly invasive reed from Europe. Prior to our detection of this new non-native haplotype, invasion of North America by this reed grass was thought to be limited to a single cp-DNA haplotype–haplotype M. However, we found two sites colonized by haplotype L1 in Quebec, Canada, a haplotype native to northern Europe, Great Britain and Romania. Because the invasion of North America by P. australis is ongoing, and because there is evidence for intra- and interspecific hybridization and increased fecundity resulting from outcrossing, more attention should be paid to genetic differences and associated vigor of populations of introduced Phragmites across North America.
Keywords
  • Phragmites,
  • haplotype,
  • invasion
Publication Date
May, 2013
Citation Information
Laura A. Meyerson. "Evidence for multiple introductions of Phragmites australis to North America: detection of a new non-native haplotype" Biological Invasions (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laura_meyerson/1/