A preliminary assessment of the genetic structure of the invasive plant Cortaderia selloana (Poaceae) in the Iberian Peninsula.
The proliferation of invasive plants in ecosystems is one of the main causes of biodiversity loss. These invasive plants not only negatively affect native species but also influence the environment, causing economic and public health damage to humans. The control and eradication of these plants is an essential strategy for the conservation of native species. In the present study, we report the first molecular-level data for the invasive plant Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass) in the Iberian Peninsula. Our results indicate that the use of microsatellites is a highly recommended tool to establish patterns of genetic variation in this invasive species. The techniques used (chloroplast DNA sequencing and microsatellites) can be the starting point for analyzing the global diversity of the species and is the prevalence and extent of local adaptation among invasive plant species in comparison to native plant species in the south of Europe.