Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: Ecology and Control of Introduced Plants (Hardback)
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Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation: Ecology and Control of Introduced Plants (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 15/05/2003
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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 2003 book considers the problem of invasive introduced plants from historical, ecological and sociological perspectives. We consider such questions as 'What makes a community invasible?', 'What makes a plant an invader?' and '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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521355162
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... I find this book very helpful as a textbook on invasion ecology and ecology not only for the students of ecology, but also for the teachers or people from NGOs. ... Although this book is written for beginners in ecology, it is not boring even for the advanced readers. By using plenty of examples such as case studies and recent references, the authors make the book suitable for a wider audience. The use of language that makes it easy to read for the non-native English speaking students is another reason why I recommend this book.' Folia Geobotanica
'Although this book is written for beginners in ecology, it is not boring even for the advanced readers. By using plenty of examples such as case studies and recent references, the authors make the book suitable for a wider audience.' Folia Botanica
'... a 'must-have' for entomologists interested in ecological relations between phytophagous insects and invasive plants and manipulation of these relations through biological control of weeds ...amply illustrated ...' American Entomologist
"...a laudable effort and a good addition to anyone's collection...brings together a wide array of perspectives from ecology, management, and policy..." Ecology
"[A]n excellent overview of introduced plants.... Written in a clear, accessible style, it should appeal to a wide range of readers. Highly recommended." Choice
"To those of you who teach the subject of biological invasions, I say do not hesitate to recommend it as an introductory text to your students. And to those who deal with the problem otherwise, I say find time to read it -- it will pay back the effort." EcoScience, Petr Pysek
"This book is therefore a "must-have" for entomologists interested in ecological relations between phytophagous insects and invasive plants and manipulation of these relations through biological control of weeds. Professional entomologists working in biological control of weeds will find that the literature cited in this book and emphasis on basic ecological relationships, along with current issues such as nontarget effects, offer refreshing ways to think about use of phytophagous insects for control of invasive plants. The lower price of the paperback version makes it easy to purchase. This book is amply illustrated, most frequently using graphs to support the many examples of relationships described in the text." Ann E. Hajek, Entomological Society of America

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