Investigating the Effects on Wildlife of Reed Canarygrass Infestation of Minnesota Wetlands

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  09/29/2008


Habitats that contain reed canarygrass have been found to have lower diversity of traditional native plants, causing researchers to posit that the lower diversity of vegetation resulting from the invasion of reed canarygrass will have a corresponding negative effect on wildlife. While results of this study did not indicate a clear negative impact on wildlife from the invasion of reed canarygrass, researchers did note effects were more evident at lower trophic levels, negatively influencing the plant and invertebrate communities.

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