Paving the way for habitat disturbance: Different road types have distinct ecological impacts on annual plant communities and gall-forming insects in the Mojave Desert

Maria Carias, Emily Hascall, Kelsey Pennington & Jasmine Summers-Evans
Road disturbance can facilitate the establishment and growth of invasive plant species and herbivorous insects in adjacent ecosystems. The hydrological and atmospheric impacts of roads are especially important to understand in arid desert environments that are highly sensitive to water stress and dust pollution. In this study, we looked at how impacts of road disturbance change among different road types within the Mojave Desert. Specifically, we observed how three types of roads (paved road, dirt...
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