Management of Invasive Weeds Invading Nature Springer Series in Invasion Ecology, Volume 5 by James A. Drake

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Title: Management of Invasive Weeds Invading Nature Springer Series in Invasion Ecology
Editor: James A. Drake
Volume: 5th
Publisher: Springer
Length: 361 pages
Size: 9.06 MB
Language: English

Biological invasions are one of the major threats to our native biodiversity. The
magnitude of biodiversity losses, land degradation and productivity losses of managed
and natural ecosystems due to invasive species is enormous. It has an adverse
impact on our efforts to maintain biodiversity and on our conservation programs,
and thus could create societal instability. The ecological and environmental aspects
of nonnative invasive plants are of great importance to (1) understand ecological
principles involved in the management of invasives, (2) design management strategies,
(3) find effective management solutions for some of the worst invaders, and
(4) frame policies and regulations.
The aim of this book is to provide up-to-date insights into the management of
invasives by discussing (1) ecological approaches needed to design effective management
strategies, (2) recent progress in management methods and tools, (3) success
and failure of management efforts for some of the worst invaders, and
(4) restoration and conservation of invaded land. In an effort to achieve these objectives,
contributing authors provided up-to-date reviews and discussions on the
management of invasives. In the introductory chapter, the role of invasive species
in species extinction and economic losses due to exotic invaders is discussed.
Chapters 2–7 show the importance of understanding ecology in relation to management.
Chapters 8 and 9 discuss the problem of plant invasion in reference to agriculture
and horticulture. Chapter 10 outlines the biological control of forest weeds through
microbial agents. Chapters 11–14 discuss invasiveness and management aspects of
certain specific exotic plants. The management of invasives in aquatic ecosystems
is discussed in Chaps. 15 and 16. The concluding chapter elaborates on sciencebased
invasive plant management. Together, these chapters highlight the complexity
of invasive species management and suggest that management of certain
invasives will be a difficult struggle.

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