Weeds: Against the Rules?

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Mahaut, L., Cheptou, P-O., Fried, G., Monoz, F., Storkey, J., Vasseur, F., Violle, C. and Bretagnolle, F. 2020. Weeds: Against the Rules? Trends in Plant Science. 25 (11), pp. 1107-1116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2020.05.013

AuthorsMahaut, L., Cheptou, P-O., Fried, G., Monoz, F., Storkey, J., Vasseur, F., Violle, C. and Bretagnolle, F.
Abstract

Establishing laws of plant and ecosystems functioning has been an overarchingobjective of functional and evolutionary ecology. However, most theories neglectthe role of human activities in creating novel ecosystems characterized by speciesassemblages and environmental factors that are not observed in natural systems.We argue that agricultural weeds, as an emblematic case of such an‘ecologicalnovelty’, constitute an original and underutilized model for challenging currentconcepts in ecology and evolution. We highlight key aspects of weed ecologyand evolutionary biology that can help to test and recast ecological and evolu-tionary laws in a changing world. We invite ecologists to seize upon weeds as amodel system to improve our understanding of the short-term and long-termdynamics of ecological systems in the Anthropocene

KeywordsAnthropocene; Community assembly; Functional trait; Eco-evolutionary dynamics
Year of Publication2020
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Journal citation25 (11), pp. 1107-1116
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2020.05.013
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online26 Jun 2020
PublisherElsevier Science London
ISSN1360-1385

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