The primary goal of my research is to study mechanisms through which naturalized and/or nonnative plants achieve their competitive or general ecological success and influence native biodiversity and ecosystem processes, in different ecosystems ranging from deserts, grasslands, boreal and tropical forests. I am developing my research to unravel mechanisms to understand the ecological drivers and evolutionary processes influencing anthropogenic redistribution of biota. This goal fuels many of my current projects, which focus on several basic ecological processes that influence the community and ecosystem effects of exotic invasive plants. We are studying the role of novel chemicals, soil communities, soil fertility, litter dynamics, resource reallocation from defense to growth by taking biogeographic and evolutionary approaches to study biological invasions (Nature, PNAS, Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Ecology Letters, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Plant Physiology, Trends in Plant Science, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, AoB Plants).

Selected Publications:

  • van Kleunen M, Dawson W, Essl F, Pergl J, Winter M, Weber E, Kreft H, Weigelt P, Kartesz J, Nishino J, Antonova LA, Barcelona JF, Cabezas FJ, Cárdenas D, Cárdenas-Toro J, Castaño N, Chacón E, Chatelain C, Ebel AL, Figueiredo E, Fuentes N, Groom QJ, Henderson L, Inderjit, Kupriyanov A, Masciadri S, Meerman J, Morozova O, Mose D, Nickrent D, Patzelt A, Pelser PB, Baptiste MP, Poopath M, Schulze M, Seebens H, Shu W, Thomas J, Velayos M, Wieringa JJ and Pyšek P. 2015. Global exchange and accumulation of non-native plants. Nature, 525:100–103.
  • Driscoll, D.A., Barney, J.N., Hulme, P. E., Inderjit, Martin, T. G., Pauchard, A., Pyšek, P., Richardson, D. M., Riley, S., Visser, V. and Catford, J. A. 2014. New pastures plants intensify invasive species risk. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. (PNAS), 111: 16622-16627. [Discussed in Nature 2014, 515: 167].
  • Kaur, R., Callaway, R. M. and Inderjit. Soils and the conditional allelopathic effects of a tropical invader. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 78: 316-325.
  • Bajpai, D. and Inderjit. 2013. Impact of nitrogen availability and soil communities on biomass accumulation of an invasive species. AoB Plants 5: plt045
  • Inderjit. (2012). Exotic plant invasion in the context of plant defense against herbivores. Plant Physiology 158(3): 1107-1114.
  • Inderjit, Wardle D.A., Karban R. and Callaway R.M. (2011). The ecosystem and evolutionary contexts of allelopathy. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 26, 655-662.
  • Gurevitch J., Fox G., Wardle G.,Inderjit and Taub D. (2011). Emergent insights from the synthesis of conceptual frameworks for biological invasions.Ecology Letters 14, 407-418.
  • Inderjit, Evans H., Crocoll C., Bajpai D., Kaur R., Feng Y., Silva C., Carreón J.T., Valiente-Banuet A., Gershenzon J., and Callaway R.M. (2011). Volatile chemicals from leaf litter are associated with invasiveness of a neotropical weed in Asia. Ecology 92, 316-324.
  • Inderjit, Bajpai D. and Rajeswari MS (2010). Interaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline with soil environment mediates its ecological function. PLoS One 5(9): e12852.
  • Inderjit and van der Putten, W.H. (2010). Impacts of soil microbial communities on exotic plant invasion. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25, 512-519.
  • Feng YL, Lei, Y, Wang R, Callaway RM, Valiente-Banuet A, Inderjit, Li Y.-P and Zheng Y-L. (2009). Evolutionary tradeoffs for nitrogen allocation to photosynthesis versus cell walls in an invasive plant. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. (PNAS), 106, 1853-1856.
  • Kaur H., Kaur R., Kaur S., Baldwin I.T., and Inderjit. (2009). Taking ecological function seriously: soil microbial communities can obviate allelopathic effects of released metabolites. PLoS One 4(3): e4700.
  • Mangla, S., Inderjit and Callaway, R.M. (2008). Exotic invasive plant accumulates native soil pathogens which inhibit native plants. Journal of Ecology 96, 58-67.
  • Inderjit, Callaway RM and Vivanco, J.M. (2006). Can plant biochemistry contribute to understanding of invasion ecology? Trends in Plant Science11, 574-580.
  • Inderjit. (2006). Experimental complexities in evaluating the allelopathic activities in laboratory bioassays: a case study. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 38, 256-262.
  • Inderjit. Influence of Pluchea lanceolata on selected soil properties. American Journal of Botany 85, 64-69.
  • Inderjit and Dakshini, K.M.M. 1994. Allelopathic effects of Pluchea lanceolata (Asteraceae) on characteristics of four soils and mustard and tomato growth. American Journal of Botany 81, 799-804.
  • Inderjit and Dakshini, K.M.M. 1994. Allelopathic potential of phenolics from the roots of Pluchea lanceolataPhysiologia Plantarum 92, 571-576.