About this book
The Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum is a pernicious invasive species, with significant impact on human health due to its phytoxic sap. From its native area, the Caucasus, it has spread across Europe creating serious environmental and health problems.
This book, the output of a three-year EU project involving 40 European experts, is an authoritative compendium of current knowledge on this amazing invasive plant and will facilitate improved management. It is an invaluable resource for both practitioner and student, and covers topics including taxonomy, genetics, reproduction, population ecology, and invasion dynamics. It also reviews the possibilities of mechanical, chemical and biological control.
* Preface: All you ever wanted to know about hogweed, but were afraid to ask! D M Richardson; * Taxonomy, identification, genetic relationships and distribution of large Heracleum species in Europe, S Jahodova, Charles University, Czech Republic; L Froberg, Lund University, Sweden; P Pysek; D Geltman, Komarov Botanical Institute, Russia; S Trybrush, Rothamstead Research, UK; and A Karp, Rothamstead Research, UK; * Heracleum mantegazzianum in its primary distribution range of the Western Caucasus, A Otte, R L Eckstein and J Thiele, all University of Giessen, Germany; * Historical Dynamics of Heracleum mantegazzianum invasion at regional and local scales, P Pysek; J Mullerova, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; and V Jarosik, Charles University, Czech Republic; * Reproductive ecology of Heracleum mantegazzianum, I Perglova, J Pergl, both Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; P Pysek; * Seed germination, dispersal and seed bank in Heracleum mantegazzianum, L Moravcova, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; P Pysek; L Krinke, Charles University, Czech Republic; I Perglova; and K Thompson, University of Sheffield, UK; * Population Dynamics of Heracleum mantegazzianum, J Pergl; J Hulls, Justus-Leibig-University Giessen, Germany; I Perglova; R L Eckstein; P Pysek and A Otte; * Regeneration ability of Heracleum mantegazzianum and implications for control, P Pysek; I Perglova; L Krinke; V Jarosik; J Pergl and L Moravcova. * Ecological needs, habitat preferences and plant communities invaded of Heracleum mantegazzianum, J Thiele; A Otte and R L Eckstein; * Impact of Heracleum mantegazzianum on invaded vegetation and human activities, J Thiele and A Otte; * Seed ecology of Heracleum mantegazzianum and H. sosnowskyi, two invasive species with different distribution in Europe, L Moravcova, Z Gudzinskas, P Pysek; J Pergl, and I Perglova; * Herbivores and arthropods on Heracleum mantegazzianum in its native and invaded distributor range, S O Hanson, J Hattendorf, both University of Bern, Switzerland; C Nielsen, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark; R Wittenberg, CABI Switzerland; W Nentwig; * Fungal pathogens associated with Heracleum mantegazzianum in its native and invaded distribution range, M K Seier and H C Evans, both CABI UK; * Defence systems of Heracleum mantegazzianum, J Hattendorf, S O Hansen and W Nentwig; * Mechanical and chemical control of Heracleum mantegazzianum and H. sosnowskyi, C Nielsen; I Vanaga, O Treikale and I Priekule, all Latvian Plant Protection Centre; * Contol of Heracleum mantegazzianum by grazing, R M Buttenschon, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning; C Nielsen; * The scope for biological control of giant hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum, M Cock and M K Seier; * Revegetation as a part of an integrated management strategy for large Heracleum species, H P Ravn, O Triekale, I Vanaga and I Priekule; * Model-assisted evaluation of control strategies for Hercleum mantegazzianum, N Nehrbass and E Winkler, both UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany; * Master of all traits: Can we successfully fight giant hogweed? P Pysek, M Cock and W Nentwig.