Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plant, Animal, and Microbe Species (2nd ed)

Edited by David Pimentel 
CRC Press  2002  

Hardback  463 pp  ISBN 9781439829905      £77.00
The impact of invasive species is second only to that of human population growth and associated activities as a cause of the loss of biodiversity throughout the world. In the United States, invasions of nonnative plants, animals, or microbes cause major environmental damage. The second edition of Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plant, Animal, and Microbe Species represents the most current, single-source reference containing scientific and economic information on this timely subject.

This volume 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. The text provides information on how the non-native species invade new ecosystems, their subsequent environmental effects, and estimates on economic impacts. Biological Invasions supplies scientists, policymakers, and the public with a better understanding of the invading species and how to prevent their spread and improve control procedures.


Introduction: Nonnative species in the world, David Pimentel

The impacts of alien plants in Australia, Richard H. Groves
Environmental and economic costs of invertebrate invasions in Australia, Deon Canyon, Ian Naumann, Rick Speare, and Ken Winkel

Invasive vertebrates in Brazil Carlos Frederico D. Rocha, Helena Godoy Bergallo, and Rosana Mazzoni

British Isles
Alien plants in Britain, Mark Williamson Economic, environmental, and social dimensions of alien vertebrate species in Britain, Piran C. L. White, Adriana E. S. Ford-Thompson, Carolyn J. Snell, and Stephen Harris

Impacts of alien vertebrates in Europe Susan M. Shirley and Salit Kark
Invasive patterns of alien terrestrial invertebrates in Europe Alain Roques
Invasive plant pathogens in Europe Ivan Sache, Anne-Sophie Roy, Frédéric Suffert, and Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau

Invasive plants in the Indian subcontinent Daizy R. Batish, R. K. Kohli, and H. P. Singh
Invasive invertebrates in India: Economic implications T. N. Ananthakrishnan

New Zealand
Economic impacts of weeds in New Zealand: Some examples Peter A. Williams and Susan M. Timmins
Ecological and economic costs of alien vertebrates in New Zealand M. N. Clout

South Africa
The economic consequences of the environmental impacts of alien plant invasions in South Africa D. C. Le Maitre, W. J. de Lange, D. M. Richardson, R. M. Wise, and B. W. van Wilgen
Invasive vertebrates of South Africa Berndt J. van Rensburg, Olaf L. F. Weyl, Sarah J. Davies,
Nicola J. van Wilgen, Dian Spear, Christian T. Chimimba, and Derick S. Peacock

United States
Rodents and other vertebrate invaders in the United States, Michael W. Fall, Michael L. Avery, Tyler A. Campbell, Peter J. Egan, Richard M. Engeman, David Pimentel, William C. Pitt, Stephanie A. Shwiff, and Gary W. Witmer
Environmental and economic costs associated with alien invasive species in the United States, David Pimentel

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