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The invasive Prunus serotina stabilizes its erratic early regeneration by building up a seedling bank

Margot Vanhellemont (UGent) , Lander Baeten (UGent) , Martin Hermy (UGent) and Kris Verheyen (UGent)
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The semi shade-tolerant invasive tree species Prunus serotina is considered a forest pest in Western Europe. We studied temporal, spatial and spatiotemporal patterns of P. serotina regeneration in the understory of seven pine stands in Belgium for four years. The seed set, seed rain density, and seedling densities of P. serotina all varied between the years and between the study plots, but the temporal stability of the spatial regeneration patterns increased with regeneration stage. There was a clear distinction between (1) seedlings smaller than 20 cm and younger than 6 years that occurred in very high densities and (2) seedlings between 20 cm and 1 m tall, older than 6 years that showed a high spatiotemporal stability. Notwithstanding the large year-to-year variation in seed input, P. serotina maintained its regeneration potential in the studied understories by building up a short-lived seedling bank. The seedling bank strategy might enable shade-tolerant non-native species to fill up a spatial niche in forest understories.

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Vanhellemont, Margot, Lander Baeten, Martin Hermy, et al. “The Invasive Prunus Serotina Stabilizes Its Erratic Early Regeneration by Building up a Seedling Bank.” World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts. 2009. 16–16. Print.
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Vanhellemont, M., Baeten, L., Hermy, M., & Verheyen, K. (2009). The invasive Prunus serotina stabilizes its erratic early regeneration by building up a seedling bank. World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts (pp. 16–16). Presented at the World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning (BIOLIEF).
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Vanhellemont, Margot, Lander Baeten, Martin Hermy, and Kris Verheyen. 2009. “The Invasive Prunus Serotina Stabilizes Its Erratic Early Regeneration by Building up a Seedling Bank.” In World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts, 16–16.
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Vanhellemont, Margot, Lander Baeten, Martin Hermy, and Kris Verheyen. 2009. “The Invasive Prunus Serotina Stabilizes Its Erratic Early Regeneration by Building up a Seedling Bank.” In World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts, 16–16.
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Vanhellemont M, Baeten L, Hermy M, Verheyen K. The invasive Prunus serotina stabilizes its erratic early regeneration by building up a seedling bank. World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts. 2009. p. 16–16.
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M. Vanhellemont, L. Baeten, M. Hermy, and K. Verheyen, “The invasive Prunus serotina stabilizes its erratic early regeneration by building up a seedling bank,” in World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts, Porto, Portugal, 2009, pp. 16–16.
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  abstract     = {{The semi shade-tolerant invasive tree species Prunus serotina is considered a forest pest in Western Europe. We studied temporal, spatial and spatiotemporal patterns of P. serotina regeneration in the understory of seven pine stands in Belgium for four years. The seed set, seed rain density, and seedling densities of P. serotina all varied between the years and between the study plots, but the temporal stability of the spatial regeneration patterns increased with regeneration stage. There was a clear distinction between (1) seedlings smaller than 20 cm and younger than 6 years that occurred in very high densities and (2) seedlings between 20 cm and 1 m tall, older than 6 years that showed a high spatiotemporal stability. Notwithstanding the large year-to-year variation in seed input, P. serotina maintained its regeneration potential in the studied understories by building up a short-lived seedling bank. The seedling bank strategy might enable shade-tolerant non-native species to fill up a spatial niche in forest understories.}},
  author       = {{Vanhellemont, Margot and Baeten, Lander and Hermy, Martin and Verheyen, Kris}},
  booktitle    = {{World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning, Abstracts}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Porto, Portugal}},
  pages        = {{16--16}},
  title        = {{The invasive Prunus serotina stabilizes its erratic early regeneration by building up a seedling bank}},
  year         = {{2009}},
}