The ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions among hybrid populations of the invasive plant, tamarisk (Tamarix sp.), in the western United States
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Tamarisk is one of the most abundant invasive tree species in the western United States. Several species belonging to the genus Tamarix were imported intentionally to the U.S. in the mid-nineteenth century. Currently, most U.S. populations are comprised of a hybrid swarm between T. ramosissima and T. chinensis and other species. Negative consequences of hybrid tamarisk invasion include alteration of ecosystem functioning and decreases in native biodiversity. Very few natural enemies attack this invasive plant, contributing to its success on the landscape. In an attempt to provide top-down ...