Killer Algae: The True Story of a Biological Invasion / Edition 2

Killer Algae: The True Story of a Biological Invasion / Edition 2

by Alexandre Meinesz, David Quammen
     
 


A Choice 2000 Outstanding Academic Title

Accidentally flushed into the Mediterranean by the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the aquarium plant Caulerpa taxifolia flourished where no one thought it could survive. Killer Algae tells the story of the invasion that followed, and the bureaucratic delays that allowed the plant to spread from a patch that

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A Choice 2000 Outstanding Academic Title

Accidentally flushed into the Mediterranean by the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the aquarium plant Caulerpa taxifolia flourished where no one thought it could survive. Killer Algae tells the story of the invasion that followed, and the bureaucratic delays that allowed the plant to spread from a patch that could have been hand-weeded-when author Alexandre Meinesz first discovered it-to a vast carpet now choking more than 10,000 acres of Mediterranean coastline.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226519234
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Alexandre Meinesz is a professor of biology at the University of Nice and a member of various scientific committees on the environment.

Daniel Simberloff is the Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Quammen
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter One: From the Discovery of the Alga in Monaco to Its Arrival in France
Chapter Two: The Alga Grows ... and the Polemic Begins
Chapter Three: Caulerpa Taxifolia, Superstar
Chapter Four: The Stakeholders Squabble ... and the Alga Spreads
Chapter Five: Research Progresses ... and the Polemic Persists
Chapter Six: Chiaroscuro: 1997-1998
Chapter Seven: The Three Lessons of Caulerpa
Appendix One: The Biology of Caulerpa taxifolia as Known in 1991
Appendix Two: Chronology of a Heralded Invasion
Appendix Three: Table of Measures
Appendix Four: Acronyms of Organizations
Appendix Five: Diagram of the French Government
Notes
Index

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