Biological Invasions

Edited by W Nentwig 
Springer  January 2007  

Hardcover  441 p., 38 illus.  ISBN 9783540369196      £192.00

Softcover  441 p., 38 illus.  ISBN 9783540773757      £63.00
This new volume on Biological Invasions deals with both plants and animals, differing from previous books by extending from the species to an ecosystem and global level. Its 22 chapters cover pathways of biological invasions (e.g. ballast water, waterways), traits of successful invaders (e.g. chemical weapons, empty niches), patterns of invasion and invasibility (e.g. man-induced predisposition by fire, land use and eutrophication, the role of climate change) as well as ecological impacts (e.g. food web shifts, genetic pollution), economy and socio-economy (e.g. ecosystem services and monetary valuation), and prevention and management of biological invasions (e.g. phytosanitary measures, biological control, particularly in view of globalisation).

Topics of highest societal relevance, like impact of genetically modified organisms, are interlinked with more conventional ecological aspects, including biodiversity. The combination of these approaches is new and will make compelling reading for the public sector, too.

Written for researchers, nature conservationists, environmental managers, advanced students


Biological Invasions: why it Matters, Wolfgang Nentwig

Section I Pathways of Biological Invasions

  • Short Introduction, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Pathways in Animal Invasions, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Pathways in Plant Invasions, Ingo Kowarik and Moritz von der Lippe
  • Is Ballast Water a Major Dispersal Mechanism for Marine Organisms?, Stephan Gollasch
  • Waterways as Invasion Highways - Impact of Climate Change and Globalization, Bella S. Galil, Stefan Nehring and Vadim Panov

Section II Traits of a Good Invader

  • Short Introduction, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Integrating Ecological and Evolutionary Theory of Biological Invasions, Ruth A.Hufbauer and Mark E. Torchin
  • Traits Associated with Invasiveness in Alien Plants: Where Do we Stand?, Petr Pysek and David M. Richardson
  • Do Successful Invaders Exist? Pre-Adaptations to Novel Environments in Terrestrial Vertebrates, Daniel Sol

Section III Patterns of Invasion and Invasibility

  • Short Introduction, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Effects of Land Management Practices on Plant Invasions in Wildland Areas, Matthew L. Brooks
  • Nitrogen Enrichment and Plant Invasions: the Importance of Nitrogen-Fixing Plants and Anthropogenic Eutrophication, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Harry Olde Venterink, and Holger Buschmann
  • From Ecosystem Invasibility to Local,Regional and Global Patterns of Invasive Species, Ingolf Kühn and Stefan Klotz
  • Will Climate Change Promote Alien Plant Invasions?, Wilfried Thuiller,David M. Richardson, and Guy F. Midgley

Section IV Ecological Impact of Biological Invasions

  • Short Introduction, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Impacts of Invasive Species on Ecosystem Services, Heather Charles and Jeffrey S. Dukes
  • Biological Invasions by Marine Jellyfish, William M. Graham and Keith M. Bayha
  • Effects of Invasive Non-Native Species on the Native Biodiversity in the River Rhine, Bruno Baur and Stephanie Schmidlin
  • Hybridization and Introgression Between Native and Alien Species, Carlo R. Largiadèr
  • Genetically Modified Organisms as Invasive Species?, Rosie Hails and Tracey Timms-Wilson

Section V Economy and Socio-Economy of Biological Invasions

  • Short Introduction, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Plant, Animal, and Microbe Invasive Species in the United States and World, David Pimentel,Marcia Pimentel and Anne Wilson
  • Socio-Economic Impact and Assessment of Biological Invasions, Rosa Binimelis,Wanda Born, Iliana Monterroso, and Beatriz Rodríguez-Labajos

Section VI Prevention and Management of Biological Invasions

  • Short Introduction, Wolfgang Nentwig
  • Economic Analysis of Invasive Species Policies, Julia Touza, Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz,and Glyn Jones
  • Phytosanitary Measures to Prevent the Introduction of Invasive Species, Guy J. Hallman
  • Limits and Potentialities of Eradication as a Tool for Addressing Biological Invasions, Piero Genovesi
  • Pros and Cons of Biological Control, Dirk Babendreier
  • General Conclusion, or what Has to be Done now?, Wolfgang Nentwig
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