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.