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Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plant, Animal and Microbe Species

Edited By: David Pimentel

449 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Jun 2011 | Edition: 2 | #190566 | ISBN-13: 9781439829905
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This volume reconfirms the diverse and unpredictable roles that non-native species assume as they invade new ecosystems: destruction of vital crops and forests, major damages to ecosystems leading to loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and water loss. Information is provided on how the non-native species invade new ecosystems and the subsequent environmental effects of these invading species. Wherever possible, estimates on the economic impacts of the invading species are included. Includes studies from six continents in order to provide the best quality and detailed data for each component of the biological invasion problem.


Introduction: Nonnative species in the world

- The impacts of alien plants in Australia
- Environmental and economic costs of invertebrate invasions in Australia

- Invasive vertebrates in Brazil

British Isles
- Alien plants in Britain
- Economic, environmental, and social dimensions of alien vertebrate species in Britain

- Impacts of alien vertebrates in Europe
- Invasive patterns of alien terrestrial invertebrates in Europe
- Invasive plant pathogens in Europe

- Invasive plants in the Indian subcontinent
- Invasive invertebrates in India: Economic implications

New Zealand
- Economic impacts of weeds in New Zealand: Some examples
- Ecological and economic costs of alien vertebrates in New Zealand

South Africa
- The economic consequences of the environmental impacts of alien plant invasions in South Africa
- Invasive vertebrates of South Africa

United States
- Rodents and other vertebrate invaders in the United States
- Environmental and economic costs associated with alien invasive species in the United States

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David Pimentel, Ph.D., is Professor of Ecology of Agricultural Sciences in the Department of Entomology and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. His research and consulting accomplishments cut across many disciplines. Dr. Pimentel has served on Presidential Commissions and National Academy of Sciences' Boards and Committees. He has authored nearly 700 scientific publications, written three books, and edited 34 books.

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