Invasive Species

Invasive Plants: Ecological and Agricultural Aspects (2005), edited by Inderjit, discusses fundamental questions of invasion ecology, such as why particular communities become more invasible than others, what the mechanisms of exclusion of native species by invaders are, and whether invasion can be predicted.

Nature Out of Place: Biological Invasions in the Global Age (2004), by Van Driesche and Van Driesche, brings this devastating but overlooked crisis to the forefront of public consciousness by offering a fascinating exploration of its causes and consequences, along with a thoughtful and practical consideration of what can be done about it.

Ecology and Control of Introduced Plants (2003), by Myers and Bazely, covers the basics from plant population and community ecology to the societal constraints and implications of invasive plants.

A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines: The Growing Threat of Species Invasions (2003), by Baskin, draws on extensive research to provide an engaging and authoritative overview of the problem of harmful invasive alien species.

Issues in Bioinvasion Science (2003), edited by Capdevila-Argüelles and Zilletti, proceedings that combine and share experiences on biological invasions at international, regional and local level it is essential to develop compatible approaches to common problems.

Invasive Species: Vectors and Management Strategies (2003), by Ruiz and Carlton, presents extensive information and new analyses on mechanisms of species transfer, or vectors, as the latest contribution from the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP).

Invasive Plant Species of the World: A Reference Guide to Environmental Weeds (2003), CABI Publishing, provides a reference guide to approximately 450 major invasive plant species. Each species has a one-page entry providing information on: life form, synonyms, and commercial use; geographic distribution; habitats invaded; description of morphology; ecology and control; key references.

Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plant, Animal, and Microbe Species (2002), edited by Pimentel, reconfirms the diverse and unpredictable roles that non-native species assume as they invade new ecosystems: destruction of vital crops and forests, major damages to ecosystems leading to loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and water loss.

Feral Future: The Untold Story of Australia’s Exotic Invaders (2002), by Low, is a passionate account of the history and implications of invasive species in that island nation, with consequences for ecological communities around the globe.

Tinkering With Eden: A Natural History of Exotic Species in America (2001), by Todd, is a fascinating blend of American natural and human history, one of the richest continents in the world in terms of biodiversity, the US is home now to many thousands of introduced plant and animal species.

Invasive Alien Species: A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices (2000), edited by Wittenberg and Cock, assembles the best available data on the background of the invasive alien species problem and the components of an effective solution, then produces a set of tools to help all nations meet their alien species challenges.

Invasive Species in a Changing World (2000), edited by Mooney and Hobbs, brings together leading scientists from around the world to examine the invasive species phenomenon and to consider the mutual interactions between global change and invasives that are likely to occur over the next century.

Life Out of Bounds: Bioinvasion in a Borderless World (1998), by Bright, discusses the increasingly urgent issue of invasive exotic plants and animals and their ecological impact worldwide on native species.

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