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Ecological Section

Ward, Megan [1], Martine, Christopher [2].

The Current Status of a New Potential Invasive Plant Species within Clinton County, New York: Mycelis muralis (Asteraceae).

Invasive plant species have proven to be a common issue within communities where they can disrupt natural habitats and cause a loss of biodiversity. Mycelis muralis (Asteraceae) is a well-documented and well-studied invasive species in New Zealand, but has been recently recorded two years ago in SUNY Plattsburgh's Rugar Woods and nearby localities. Mycelis muralis has not been studied beyond being apart of general plant surveys within North America. To develop a better understanding of this apparent newcomer to northeastern New York, a two-step surveying technique shall be used. The first step in the process is to determine how dense the population of M. muralis is, and second, a more thorough, diverse survey shall be taken to use to analyze how M. muralis affects co-occurring plants and pollinator communities. This second survey will also be used to develop baseline data for diversity within Rugar Woods, something that has not been previously done. Preliminary testing shows that M. muralis in Clinton County shows similar site preference,including soil pH, as the invasive populations in New Zealand. These comparisons may prove to be critical to predicting future impacts of M. muralis within the region.

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1 - State University Of New York At Plattsburgh, Biological Sciences, 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901, USA
2 - State University Of New York At Plattsburgh, 101 BROAD STREET, PLATTSBURGH, NY, 12901-2681, USA

Mycelis muralis
non-native plants.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PEC002
Abstract ID:105

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