Ecology and Control of Introduced Plants

Edited by Judith Myers and Dawn Bazly 
Cambridge University Press  2003  

Hardback  328pp, 35 tables, 114 figures  ISBN 9780521355162      £83.00

Softcover  328pp, 35 tables,  ISBN 9780521357784      £44.00
The global spread of plant species by humans is both a fascinating large scale experiment and, in many cases, a major perturbation to native plant communities. Many of the most destructive weeds today have been intentionally introduced to new environments where they have had unexpected and detrimental impacts. This book considers the problem of invasive introduced plants from historical, ecological and sociological perspectives including such questions as

  • What makes a community invasible?
  • What makes a plant an invader?
  • Can we restore plant communities after invasion?

Written with advanced students and land managers in mind, this book contains practical explanations, case studies and an introduction to basic techniques for evaluating the impacts of invasive plants. An underlying theme is that experimental and quantitative evaluation of potential problems is necessary, and solutions must consider the evolutionary and ecological constraints acting on species interactions in newly invaded communities.

  • Covers the basics from plant population and community ecology to the societal constraints and implications of invasive plants
  • Suitable reading for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students taking courses in applied plant ecology
  • Should be read by every land manager and ecological consultant charged with the responsibility of developing procedures for dealing with invasive weeds


  • Introduction;
  • Planet of weeds: exotics in the landscape
  • Ecosystem, community composition, richness and dynamics
  • Life history characteristics and predicting invasiveness
  • Population ecology
  • Introduced plant diseases
  • Classical biological control of exotic weeds
  • Models of invasive plant populations
  • Cultural control of invasive species
  • Conserving and restoring natural communities
  • Some tools for studying plant populations
  • Conclusions: what the future holds.
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