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Light availability influences the invasion of Teline monspessulana (L.) K. Koch in a temperate fragmented forest in Central Chile

Persy Gómez (1), Sergio Espinoza (2)   , Natalia Cuadros (3), Estefany Goncalves (3), Ramiro Bustamante (3-4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 15, Issue 5, Pages 411-416 (2022)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor4026-015
Published: Oct 19, 2022 - Copyright © 2022 SISEF

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The Maulino forest is a temperate ecosystem of the Mediterranean zone of Chile classified as one of the 34 biodiversity hot-spots of the world; however, there is still limited information about the ecological factors that make this native forest prone to be invaded. We assess to what extent forest attributes such as light availability and native species diversity control the invasion process of Teline monspessulana (L.) K. Koch, an aggressive weed, into the Maulino forest, an endemic forest ecosystem of Central Chile. We examined whether the seedling density of this exotic plant is related to forest attributes such as cover, incoming photosynthetically active radiation, litter depth, and native species density and richness. We found that a decrease of light availability reduces T. monspessulana invasion. No relationships were observed between native species diversity and the abundance of T. monspessulana plants. Increasing the forest cover will recover forest structure but at the same time, it will prevent the invasion of T. monspessulana and other exotic plants with similar regeneration niche requirements.


Invasibility, Invasiveness, French Broom, Genista monspessulana, Forest Cover, Native Species Diversity

Authors’ address

Persy Gómez 0000-0002-2244-1152
Doña Antonia, Pasaje Rio Portillo, no.1879, Maule (Chile)
Sergio Espinoza 0000-0002-6073-2778
Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales, Universidad Católica del Maule, Avenida San Miguel, 3605, Talca (Chile)
Natalia Cuadros 0000-0001-9667-6168
Estefany Goncalves 0000-0002-1066-4519
Ramiro Bustamante 0000-0001-6441-7006
Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile)
Ramiro Bustamante 0000-0001-6441-7006
Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad (IEB), Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile)

Corresponding author

Sergio Espinoza


Gómez P, Espinoza S, Cuadros N, Goncalves E, Bustamante R (2022). Light availability influences the invasion of Teline monspessulana (L.) K. Koch in a temperate fragmented forest in Central Chile. iForest 15: 411-416. - doi: 10.3832/ifor4026-015

Academic Editor

Rossella Guerrieri

Paper history

Received: Nov 22, 2021
Accepted: Aug 04, 2022

First online: Oct 19, 2022
Publication Date: Oct 31, 2022
Publication Time: 2.53 months

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