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Nonindigenous Fresh Water Organisms: Vectors, Biology, and Impacts
     

Nonindigenous Fresh Water Organisms: Vectors, Biology, and Impacts

by Renata Claudi (Editor), Joseph Leach (Editor)
 

Nonindigenous Fresh Water Organisms focuses on this infringement in No rth American aquatic ecosystems. The 31 chapters measure the devastati ng ecological, and sometimes economic, impact caused by the encroachme nt of immigrant species. The book includes case studies such as the Ze bra mussel, which arrived in the Laurentian Great Lakes via the ballas t of a

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Nonindigenous Fresh Water Organisms focuses on this infringement in No rth American aquatic ecosystems. The 31 chapters measure the devastati ng ecological, and sometimes economic, impact caused by the encroachme nt of immigrant species. The book includes case studies such as the Ze bra mussel, which arrived in the Laurentian Great Lakes via the ballas t of a foreign ship. There is a section for each pathway of introduct ion, which includes a chapter devoted to its North American history an d an analysis of the potential harm caused by further intrusion. The f inal portion of the book is devoted to a prediction methodology for th e success or failure of an introduction. The chapter on risk assessmen t is especially useful for the planning of a voluntary introduction.

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Nearly 50 North American scientists, working in universities, professional laboratories, and for government agencies, have contributed papers documenting various aspects of nonindigenous aquatic organisms, including their biology, and the ecologic and sometimes economic impact of their introduction. The book is organized by primary pathway of introduction, such as intentional introductions, aquarium and water garden trade, climate changes, or canals and diversions. Case studies of the screw snail, zebra muscle, and American bullfrog are included among other more general studies of methods of introduction and models of the invasion process. A concluding section includes three chapters discussing why some introductions succeed and others fail. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566704496
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/17/1999
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.24(d)

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