Invasive Species: Ecology, Impacts, and Potential Uses


Vinícius Londe, PhD (Editor)
Bertrand Russel Avenue, s/n, University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

Series: Environmental Research Advances
BISAC: SCI026000

Invasive plant species are becoming common and dominating virtually all environments worldwide. Their impacts on native biota can be variable, but they normally negatively affect the resident species. The interest in invasive species has grown in recent decades and many studies are being conducted on this theme. In this book, we quantitatively demonstrate how the interest in invasive plants has increased since 2000, and which topics have received more attention over time. Moreover, we report a variety of information on plant and animal invasive species inhabiting different ecosystems. A temporal and spatial analysis of the New Zealand Mud Snail is presented, as well as the expansion of the Brazilian rattlesnake distribution. Many studies were carried out on the (magnificent) Fernando de Noronha archipelago in the last decade, and the results are partially described in this volume. Native plants and animals are being threatened by exotic and invasive species in the archipelago. Protected areas nearby urban centers are especially affected by invasive species, and this statement is confirmed herein through a study carried out in Atlantic Forest remnants. Another interesting issue is how exotic and invasive tree species can affect the diversity and structure of epiphyte species. Herein the reader will learn how an invasive species sets up the epiphyte community in a century old oil palm stand. Although invasive species cause serious problems in the new environment, some of them can also be used to mitigate air, water, and soil pollution. Thus, in addition to presenting the ecological aspects and negative effects, this volume also brings some potential uses for invasive species.
(Imprint: Nova)




Table of Contents



Chapter 1. An Investigation of Invasion: The Influence of New Zealand Snails in Freshwater and Brackish Water Ecosystems
(Samuel A. Cimino, Valance E. F. Brenneis and Angela L. Strecker, Department of Environmental Science and Management, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, US, and others)

Chapter 2. Brazilian Rattlesnake ( Crotalus durissus  Linnaeus, 1758) in the Atlantic Forest of Rio De Janeiro State: A Case of Biological Invasion or a Red Alert to Public Health?
(Jorge Antônio Lourenço Pontes, Raniery Tibau Rodrigues, Aníbal Rafael Melgarejo-Giménez [In Memorium], Departamento de Ciências, Faculdade de Formação de Professores, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 3. Terrestrial Invasive Species on Fernando de Noronha Archipelago: What We Know and the Way Forward
(Tatiane Micheletti, Filipe S. Fonseca, Paulo R. Mangini, Patricia P. Serafini, Ricardo Krul, Thayná J. Mello, Marina G. Freita, Ricardo A. Dias, Jean C. R. Silva, Maria Fernanda V. Marvulo, Ricardo Araujo, Vinícius P. O. Gasparotto, Carlos R. Abrahão, Raoni Rebouças, Luís Felipe Toledo, Paulo G. S. C. Siqueira, Heitor O. Duarte, Márcio J. C. Moura, Renata C. Fernandes-Santo and James C. Russell, Instituto Brasileiro para Medicina da Conservação, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil)

Chapter 4. Biological Invasion by Exotic Plants in Urban Forest Fragments of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Brazil
(Ana Angélica Monteiro de Barros, Davi Nepomuceno da Silva Machado, Joyce de Melo Silva, Jorge Antônio Lourenço Pontes and Leonor de Andrade Ribas, Departamento de Ciências, Faculdade de Formação de Professores, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 5. Invasive Exotic Palm Trees Modify the Structure of Vascular Epiphyte Community on an Atlantic Forest Island
(André Felippe Nunes-Freitas, Débora Cristina de Assis Ribeiro, Alexandre Santos de Meireles, Danilo Braga de Azevedo, Guilherme Henrique Almeida, Wagner Francisco de Oliveira and Thereza Christina Rocha-Pessôa, Departamento de Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Seropédica, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

Chapter 6. The Huge Increased Interest in Invasive Plants and Changes in the Main Topics Studied: An Analysis of the Last Two Decades
(Vinícius Londe, PhD)

Chapter 7. Invasive Wood Derived Nanoporous Carbons for Mitigation of Water and Air Pollution
(Edward Enrique Gómez-Delgado, Gisel Vanesa Nunell, Pablo Ricardo Bonelli and Ana Lea Cukierman, Departamento de Industrias, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and others)

Chapter 8. Half of Mexico’s Invasive Plant Species May Be Useful for Heavy Metal Phytoremediation
(Elgar Castillo-Mendoza, Patricia Mussali-Galante, Leticia Valencia-Cueva, Gabriel Flores Franco, Luisa Castrejón Godinez, Isela Hernández-Plata, Miguel Ángel Galván, Alexis J. Rodríguez Solis and Efraín Tovar-Sánchez Centro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Conservación, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, and others)


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