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Modeling Risk of Plant Invasions in Massachusetts and Surrounding States Under Current and Future Climate Conditions.

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Department of Environmental Conservation
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Invasive plants lead to the loss of crop revenue in agricultural systems, damage native habitats and wildlife populations, and alter ecosystem services such as nutrient cycling. This project will map the abundance of 13 problematic invasive plants across the northeastern United States by collecting expert knowledge. We will then predict invasion risk based on current climactic suitability, as well as future risk associated with climate change.