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Wang, G., Liu, J. and Meng, T. (2015) Leaf Trait Variation Captures Climate Differences but Differs with Species Irrespective of Functional Group. Journal of Plant Ecology, 8, 61-69.
https://doi.org/10.1093/jpe/rtu009

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  • TITLE: Do Plants Have a Choice of Traits to Be Modulated? Evidence from an Invasive Plant Mikania micrantha Kunth in Different Urban Environments

    AUTHORS: Achyut Kumar Banerjee, Swayambhu Ghosh, Anjana Dewanji

    KEYWORDS: Phenotypic Plasticity, Traits, Urbanization, Invasive Plant, Germination

    JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol.8 No.4, March 30, 2017

    ABSTRACT: The successful establishment of an invasive plant in a novel environment has been attributed to the phenotypic plasticity of plant traits, with most studies focussing on vegetative trait plasticity in either experimental and/or natural habitat conditions. This study explores the role of phenotypic plasticity, in both vegetative and reproductive traits, of an invasive plant Mikania micrantha growing as a ground cover in diverse urban areas in the city of Kolkata, India. Quadrat based plant and soil sampling was conducted in three habitat types, namely roadsides, natural areas and abandoned plots, from four regions within the city. The above ground biomass and fitness related vegetative and seed traits were estimated from the plant samples whereas soil macro-and micro-nutrients as well as soil health (in terms of organic carbon and microbial biomass carbon) were estimated from the soil samples. Habitat-specific selection of traits in M. micrantha was observed in this study. In roadside population which has more chances of long distance dispersal, the excessive production of reproductive biomass as a compensatory response to the low germination ability of the seeds was evident. In natural areas which are more prone to anthropogenic disturbance and where the plant has greater chances of local spread, modulation of both vegetative (higher SLA) and reproductive traits (lighter seeds with faster germination ability) helped the plant to maintain its population. In abandoned plots where there was more number of associated species, the longer span of germination and increased population height ensured the survivability of M. micrantha in the community. Thus, a continuous monitoring program to check for M. micrantha growth should be prioritized in urban areas due to its immense trait plasticity in different habitat conditions where uncontrolled growth can lead to its establishment and spread, thereby making its control more difficult.