NUÑEZ martin Andres
Introduced conifer invasions in South America: an update.
PAUCHARD, A., NUÑEZ, M. A., RAFFAELE, E., BUSTAMANTE R. O., LEDGARD, N., RELVA, M. A. & SIMBERLOFF, D
Frontiers of Biogegraphy
International Biogeography Society
Año: 2010 p. 34 - 36
Species in the family Pinaceae are currently among the most widely distributed trees in the world. Although almost exclusively native to the northern hemisphere, many species have been introduced and widely planted throughout the southern hemisphere. Introduced conifers have been mainly used for plantation forestry, amenity, shelter and erosion control, and in the last few decades a number of species have become increasingly invasive. On February 16th, 2010, we held a symposium entitled Pine Invasion In South America: Patterns, Process, and lessons to be learned during the 6th Southern Connection Congress in Bariloche, Argentina (http:// www.sccongress2010.com.ar). The symposium was organized by the Southern Hemisphere Network on Conifer Invasion (SHNCI), a group of concerned scientists working on conifer invasions in the southern hemisphere (details in Richardson et al. 2008). Speakers from different parts of the world, especially the Southern Hemisphere, shared their research experiences and presented studies on the ecology and management of invasive conifers. The aim of this note is to highlight the key ideas presented and discussed at the meeting on the study and management of conifer invasions in South America.