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Abstract

Focusing on invasive plants, we find many examples of highly destructive species throughout the United States. These plants, when left unfettered, can slowly dominate an ecosystem, out-competing all of the native botanical species. A community in which all individuals are the same, a monoculture, is very susceptible to predators and diseases. The members of the invasive species also compete with each other for the resources. The more diverse the life is in an ecosystem, the smaller the chance is that the community will be destroyed by the loss of a single species.

This paper fulfilled C. Masterson's Honor Contract for Honors Botany. Her faculty supervisor was Professor Steven Giambrone of Johnson County Community College.

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