The establishment of plants following long-distance dispersal

Zeng-Yuan Wu, Richard I. Milne, Jie Liu, Ran Nathan, Richard T Corlett, De-Zhu Li

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Long-distance dispersal (LDD) beyond the range of a species is an important driver of ecological and evolutionary patterns, but insufficient attention has been given to post-dispersal establishment. We summarize current knowledge of the post-LDD establishment phase in plant colonization, identify six key determinants of establishment success, develop a general quantitative framework for post-LDD establishment, and address the major challenges and opportunities in future research. These include improving detection and understanding of LDD using novel approaches, investigating mechanisms determining post-LDD establishment success using mechanistic modeling and inference, and comparison of establishment between past and present. By addressing current knowledge gaps, we aim to further our understanding of how LDD affects plant distributions, and the long-term consequences of LDD events.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Nov 2022


  • biogeography
  • establishment
  • long distance dispersal
  • mechanistic models
  • movement ecology


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