Nitrogen fertilisation by invasive species damages nutrient-poor ecosystems

Nitrogen fertilisation invasive species ecosystems

Nitrogen fertilisation invasive species damages nutrient-poor ecosystems. Picture shows the proliferating Australian Sydney golden wattle. Credit: Bielefeld University

Biologists at Bielefeld University have developed a new method for quantifying the effect of non-native species on ecosystem functioning.

They can now estimate whether native plants in the neighbourhood of invasive species incorporate the nitrogen fixed by the latter.

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