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Science. 1987 Nov 6;238(4828):802-4.

Biological Invasion by Myrica faya Alters Ecosystem Development in Hawaii.


The exotic nitrogen-fixing tree Myrica faya invades young volcanic sites where the growth of native plants is limited by a lack of nitrogen. Myrica quadruples the amount of nitrogen entering certain sites and increases the overall biological availability of nitrogen, thereby altering the nature of ecosystem development after volcanic eruptions.

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