Monthly Archives: July 2012

Is life in the garden less dangerous?

You might think that plants growing in gardens would face fewer pest problems as gardeners vigilantly defend them against unsightly leaf damage and flower mangling. ¬†For introduced ornamental plants this could be just the boost they need to escape the … Continue reading

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Co-evolution between an invader and native plant

Following up on research that demonstrated that garlic mustard’s (Alliaria petiolata) production of chemicals detrimental to other plants declined the longer a population had been established, Lankau now reports on the ability of a native plant to resist the phytotoxins. … Continue reading

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