Biological Invasions: Patterns, Management and Economic Impacts


Rebecca Waterman (Editor)

Series: Environmental Research Advances
BISAC: SCI088000

Alien—also called non-indigenous or non-native—species are defined as those species that colonize an area beyond their natural range, where they reproduce and establish a population. It is known that plants, animals and microorganisms have been intentionally transferred with human discovery voyages for centuries and, possibly, since the shift from foraging to agricultural and pastoralist societies.

As a result, many ‘exotic’ species are now among our preferred foods, dearest pets, good-looking houseplants and decorative aquarium weeds, but most of them cannot be considered alien species, as they grow well only in artificially-controlled conditions or in protected environments. Conversely, alien species are capable of ready acclimation to novel habitats, where they may find themselves unconstrained by the limiting factors—both abiotic and biotic—typical of their original habitat. In these ‘favorable’ conditions, they might outgrow, and ultimately overthrow, resident organisms with which they happen to compete: in this case, alien species are often dubbed ‘invasive’. This book discusses patterns, management and economic impact of these biological invasions. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Invasive Aquatic Microorganisms: Patterns of Introduction and Impacts (pp. 1-38)
Alessandro Saccà (Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, Messina, Italy)

Chapter 2 – Biological Invasions of Malaria Parasites and Their Bird Hosts (pp. 39-64)
Luz García-Longoria, Sergio Magallanes, Florentino de Lope and Alfonso Marzal (Department of Anatomy, Cellular Biology and Zoology,
University of Extremadura, Spain)

Chapter 3 – Aquatic Alien Animals in China: Their Introduction, Invasion and Management (pp. 65-120)
Du Luo, Meng Xu, Xidong Mu, Dangen Gu, Hui Wei, Yexin Yang and Yinchang Hu (Key Laboratory of the Conservation and Ecological Restoration of
Fishery Resource in Pearl River, Pearl River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Guangzhou, China, and others)

Chapter 4 – Phenology of Prunus Mahaleb, a Fleshy Fruited Tree Invading Natural Grasslands in Argentine Pampas (pp. 121-142)
Martín Raúl Amodeo and Sergio Martín Zalba (GEKKO (Grupo de Estudios en Conservación y Manejo), Departamento de Biología, Bioquímica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina)



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