Ecology and Control of Introduced Plants / Edition 1

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This book focuses on introduced plant species: their origins and impacts on native vegetation and ecosystems as well as the potential for their control. Aimed at advanced students and land managers concerned with plant community conservation, it includes practical explanations, case studies and an introduction to basic techniques for evaluating the impacts of invasive plants.

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"...a laudable effort and a good addition to anyone's collection...brings together a wide array of perspectives from ecology, management, and policy..."

"[A]n excellent overview of introduced plants.... Written in a clear, accessible style, it should appeal to a wide range of readers. Highly recommended."

"To those of you who teach the subject of biological invasions, I say do not hesitate to recommend it as an introductory text to your students. And to those who deal with the problem otherwise, I say find time to read it — it will pay back the effort."
EcoScience, Petr Pysek

"This book is therefore a “must-have” for entomologists interested in ecological relations between phytophagous insects and invasive plants and manipulation of these relations through biological control of weeds. Professional entomologists working in biological control of weeds will find that the literature cited in this book and emphasis on basic ecological relationships, along with current issues such as nontarget effects, offer refreshing ways to think about use of phytophagous insects for control of invasive plants. The lower price of the paperback version makes it easy to purchase. This book is amply illustrated, most frequently using graphs to support the many examples of relationships described in the text."
Ann E. Hajek, Entomological Society of America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521357784
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith H. Myers is a Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Dawn R. Bazely is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at York University, Ontario, Canada.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Planet of weeds: exotics in the landscape; 3. Ecosystem, community composition, richness and dynamics; 4. Life history characteristics and predicting invasiveness; 5. Population ecology; 6. Introduced plant diseases; 7. Classical biological control of exotic weeds; 8. Models of invasive plant populations; 9. Cultural control of invasive species; 10. Conserving and restoring natural communities; 11. Some tools for studying plant populations; 12. Conclusions: what the future holds.

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