Dr Arthur Broadbent School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester will give a talk entitled Invasive Plant Species – Bogeyman or Ecological Disaster?
“Novel weapons”, “Enemy Release” “Invasional Meltdown” – these are some of the more popular hypotheses proposed to explain the paradoxical success of invasive plants. But is this militaristic language justified? Arfe invasive plants really such a threat? And what does explain their unlikely prominence. Dr Broadbent will present you with the evidence surrounding the underlying causes of plant invasions, and with a more nuanced take on their ecological impact.