Springer Series on Environmental Management

Exotic Brome-Grasses in Arid and Semiarid Ecosystems of the Western US

Causes, Consequences, and Management Implications

Editors: Germino, Matthew J., Chambers, Jeanne C., Brown, Cynthia S. (Eds.)

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  • Effects of environmental factors on exotic annual Bromus species distributions
  • Ecosystem attributes and processes that influence resistance to invasion
  • Traits of Bromus species that contribute to invasiveness
  • Impacts of Bromus invasions on ecosystems
  • Effects of pathogens on Bromus invasions and their potential for biocontrol
  • Effects of land uses on Bromus invasions
  • Management options for exotic annual Bromus and their application
  • Socioeconomic drivers and patterns of human response to Bromus invasion. 
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Invasions by exotic grasses, particularly annuals, rank among the most extensive and intensive ways that humans are contributing to the transformation of the earth’s surface. The problem is particularly notable with a suite of exotic grasses in the Bromus genus in the arid and semiarid regions that dominate the western United States, which extend from the dry basins near the Sierra and Cascade Ranges across the Intermountain Region and Rockies to about 105° longitude. This genus includes approximately 150 species that have a wide range of invasive and non-invasive tendencies in their home ranges and in North America. Bromus species that became invasive upon introduction to North America in the late 1800’s, such as Bromus tectorum and B. rubens, have since became the dominant cover on millions of hectares. Here, millenia of ecosystem development led to landscapes that would otherwise be dominated by perennial shrubs, herbs, and biotic soil crusts that were able to persist in spite of variable and scarce precipitation. This native ecosystem resilience is increasingly coveted by land owners and managers as more hectares lose their resistance to Bromus grasses and similar exotics and as climate, land use, and disturbance-regime changes are also superimposed. Managers are increasingly challenged to glean basic services from these ecosystems as they become invaded. Exotic annual grasses reduce wildlife and livestock carrying capacity and increase the frequency and extent of wildfi res and associated soil erosion. This book uses a unique ecoregional and multidisciplinary approach to evaluate the invasiveness, impacts, and management of the large Bromus genus. Students, researchers, and practitioners interested in Bromus specifically and invasive exotics in general will benefit from the depth of knowledge summarized in the book.





Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Exotic Annual Bromus in the Western USA

    Germino, Matthew J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Exotic Annual Bromus Invasions: Comparisons Among Species and Ecoregions in the Western United States

    Brooks, Matthew L. (et al.)

    Pages 11-60

  • Ecosystem Impacts of Exotic Annual Invaders in the Genus Bromus

    Germino, Matthew J. (et al.)

    Pages 61-95

  • Mating System, Introduction and Genetic Diversity of Bromus tectorum in North America, the Most Notorious Product of Evolution Within Bromus Section Genea

    Novak, Stephen J. (et al.)

    Pages 99-132

  • Ecological Genetics, Local Adaptation, and Phenotypic Plasticity in Bromus tectorum in the Context of a Changing Climate

    Hufft, Rebecca A. (et al.)

    Pages 133-154

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exotic Brome-Grasses in Arid and Semiarid Ecosystems of the Western US
Book Subtitle
Causes, Consequences, and Management Implications
Editors
  • Matthew J. Germino
  • Jeanne C. Chambers
  • Cynthia S. Brown
Series Title
Springer Series on Environmental Management
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-24930-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-24930-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-24928-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79701-4
Series ISSN
0172-6161
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 475
Number of Illustrations
42 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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