|dc.description.abstract||Invasion of native communities by exotic
species is considered the second largest
threat to global biodiversity. Since the
tropics are highly populated, they experience
greater pressure of invasive species,
as the process of plant species invasion
gets exacerbated with increased anthropogenic
interventions. Seasonal tropical
forests are especially susceptible to invasion.
In India, dry tropical forest accounts
for 28.6% of the total forest cover. These
forests are under immense anthropogenic
pressure due to rapid industrialization
and related land-use changes in the past
few decades, leading to forest fragmentation.
Lantana (Lantana camara L.) had
been introduced in India in the early 19th
century as an ornamental plant; but now
it is growing densely throughout India.
Field observations in the dry tropical forests
of India indicated that lantana is
spreading fast. However, it is not uniformly
distributed across a forest fragment.
The objective of the present study
was to assess the spread of lantana across
forest fragments and to establish a relationship
between lantana cover and tree
canopy opening due to dry tropical forest