Invasive Plant Ecology, 1st Edition

  • Shibu Jose
  • Published By: CRC Press
  • ISBN-10: 1439881278
  • ISBN-13: 9781439881279
  • DDC: 581.6
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 302 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released November 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Invasion of non-native plant species, which has a significant impact on the earth's ecosystems, has greatly increased in recent years due to expanding trade and transport among different countries. Understanding the ecological principles underlying the invasive process as well as the characteristics of the invasive plants is crucial for making good management decisions to address this problem. Invasive Plant Ecology includes chapters derived from presentations at conferences such as the World Congress of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as contributions from invited renowned authors. The chapters include both original research and syntheses of current knowledge on specific topics.Actions essential for coordinated approaches to curtail plant invasion include increasing awareness of the ecological impacts of alien plants and employing novel control strategies. This book provides a foundation in invasion ecology by examining ecological theories and case studies that explain plant invasions, their impacts, management strategies, and the ecological economics. The chapters describe ecological characteristics, mutualistic associations, microbial communities, and disturbance regimes that affect the spread of invasive plants. The book also covers spatial analysis and predictive modeling of invasive plants.The final chapters offer guidelines for ecological management and restoration of invaded areas and describe the economics of the invasive plant issue. This collection contains case studies from around the world, giving readers a real view of the extent of the invasive species issue along with real-world strategies. With its focus on the ecological aspects of plant invasion, this book provides an important reference for students, scientists, professionals, and policy makers who are involved in the study and management of alien invasive plants and ecosystems.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Invasive Plant Ecology: The Horse Behind the Cart?.
2: What Makes Alien Plants So Successful?: Exploration of the Ecological Basis.
3: Novel Weapon Hypothesis for the Successful Establishment of Invasive Plants in Alien Environments: A Critical Appraisal.
4: Functional Basis for Geographical Variation in Growth Among Invasive Plants.
5: Aboveground-Belowground Interactions: Implication for Invasiveness.
6: From Species Coexistence to Genotype Coexistence: What can We Learn from Invasive Plants?.
7: Mycorrhizae and Alien Plants.
8: Exotic Plant Response to Forest Disturbance in the Western United States.
9: Effects of Silvicultural Practices on Invasive Plant Species Abundance in the Missouri Ozark Forests of the Central United States.
10: Invasive Plants and Mutualistic Interactions Between Fleshy Fruits and Frugivorous Animals.
11: Alien Plant Invasion and Its Ecological Implications: An Indian Perspective with Particular Reference to Biodiversity-Rich Regions.
12: Impact of Invasive Alien Plant Species on Aboveground and Belowground Species Diversity in the Kashmir Himalaya, India.
13: Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants in Africa.
14: Geospatial Tools for Identifying and Managing Invasive Plants.
15: Improving Restoration to Control Plant Invasions Under Climate Change.
16: Converting Invasive Alien Plant Stands to Natural Forest Nature's Way: Overview, Theory, and Practice.
17: Economics of Invasive Plant Management.
18: An Economic Analysis of the Invasive Plant Problem Associated with the Horticulture Industry in North America.
Other Backmatter.