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Biological Invaders in Inland Waters: Profiles, Distribution and Threats

Series: Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology Volume: 2

Edited By: Francesca Gherardi

733 pages, Figs, tabs, graphs


Hardback | Aug 2007 | #166512 | ISBN-13: 9781402060281
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As predicted by Charles Elton in 1958, today invasive species have come to dominate 3% of the Earth's ice-free surface, constituting one of the most serious ecological and economic threats of the new millennium. In spite of any prevention effort, the number of invasive species is expected to increase in the next years as an inevitable consequence of both the augmented complexity of international trade and the deregulation of national and international markets that have opened new pathways and facilitated the ease with which potentially invasive species can move along these pathways.

Since the 1980s, studies of non-indigenous species have expanded greatly as a reflection of the rise in popularity that the discipline of invasion biology has gained among ecologists. However, the number of published articles is biased towards terrestrial invaders; invasive events occurring in freshwater systems have been most often neglected or analyzed only in a few regional contexts or for a small number of paradigmatic species. Yet freshwater systems, whose value to humankind is obviously priceless, are particularly vulnerable to non-indigenous species as a direct consequence of the intensity with which humans utilize fresh waters for recreation, food sources, and commerce.

The book examines the identity, distribution, and impact of freshwater non-indigenous species and the dynamics of their invasion. Rather than providing a broad and comprehensive review of the issue, Biological invaders in inland waters focuses on old and new invaders and also raises questions and opens perspectives that provide a starting point for further research. The ultimate purpose of this book is to help define a more general framework for our knowledge of invasions in fresh waters. Such a framework will be indispensable to the planning of a science-based management program.

Aus den Rezensionen: "! Fur den hier besprochenen Band ! haben sich 82 Wissenschaftler mit der Verteilung und den Profilen der Invasoren, den Mustern und Eindringungsereignissen, den Folgen und dem daraus resultierenden Management beschaftigt. ! es gibt kaum eine Organismengruppe, die nicht erwahnt wird, und es gibt kaum ein Kapitel, das nicht neue Fragen aufwirft. Francesca Gherardi zeigt auf, dass es fur Wissenschaftler und Behorden in Zukunft noch viel zu tun gibt, da die okologischen und wirtschaftlichen Schaden immer deutlicher bemessen werden konnen !" (Ralph Schill, in: Laborjournal, 2008, Issue 3, S. 86)

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