Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions

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Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions Editors: Anna Traveset, David M Richardson Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: CABI Publishing Pages: 464 ISBN: 9781789242171 Categories: ,

Despite many books on plant invasions, none has focused on the role of species interactions. This book is a comprehensive overview of how plant invasions are mediated by varied species interactions and how such invasions influence this important component of biodiversity which involves the interactions (the ‘glue’) among a community’s species. Besides highlighting relevant findings, the book digs deeply into new methodologies to understand species interactions in plant invasions and how this can improve management of invaded communities. The book covers:

– Main theories/hypotheses in plant invasion ecology that invoke species interactions
– Plant invasions promoted by mutualistic interactions and release from enemies
– Antagonistic interactions preventing or hindering plant invasions
– Consequences of plant invasions on native species interactions and ecosystem functioning
– The interaction network approach to understanding plant invasions
– Importance of considering species interactions in managing plant invasions

Future avenues of research are highlighted in a final chapter.

This book will be of interest to academics and students of ecology, researchers engaged in developing management solutions, scientific managers of natural ecosystems, and policy-makers.

Weight1.5 kg

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Author Biography

Anna Traveset (Edited By) - Anna Traveset is a Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council based at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced studies in Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Her research focuses on species interactions, mostly on island ecosystems, and how these are influenced by different drivers of global change. She has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and as book chapters, and has edited several special issues, one in Journal of Biogeography (2012) and the other in AoB PLANTS (2015). She belongs to the editorial board of five scientific journals. In 2017, she was awarded the Prize King Jaume I in the category of 'Environmental Protection'. David M. Richardson (Edited By) - Dave Richardson is Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and is a Distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research focuses on plant invasions. He is author/co-author of about 420 journal papers and book chapters, has edited six books, including Fifty years of invasion ecology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and is co-author of Invasion Dynamics (OUP; 2017). He was Editor-in-Chief of Diversity and Distributions between 1998 and 2015. He was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize for 2006 by the University of Bern, Switzerland, and in 2012 received the John F.W. Herschel Medal, the senior medal of the Royal Society of South Africa.