Invasive alien species are a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystems throughout the world. In India, a country with three of the world's most important "biodiversity hotspots", the invasion of alien plants means risking a national ecological disaster with major social and economic consequences. Currently there is insufficient information about invasive alien plants; their distribution, rate of spread and adaptability to new environments. This book reveals existing and potential invaders, evaluates the level of risk they pose to native species and suggests steps to manage spread and limit damage. Invaluable to policy-makers, this book is also required reading for researchers of invasive plants worldwide.
About the Author
J. R. Bhatt is at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi.
J. S. Singh is at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi.
R. S. Tripathi is at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi.
S. P. Singh is at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi.
Ravinder K. Kohli is at the Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Plant Invasion in India: An Overview Section 1 - Major Invasive Plants Chapter 2. Biology, Ecology and Spread of Invasive Weed Parthenium hysterophorus in India Chapter 3. Invasive species: Ecology and Impact of Lantana camara Invasions Chapter 4. Biology of Chromolaena odorata, Ageratina adenophora and Ageratina riparia: a review Chapter 5. Ageratum conyzoides - An Alien Invasive Weed in India Chapter 6. Predicting geographic distribution of an invasive species Chromolaena odorata L. (King) & H.E. Robins in Indian subcontinent under climate change scenarios Chapter 7. The alien seaweed, Kappaphycus alvarezii cultivation in Southeastern India - Case study on livelihood benefits and environmental impacts in particular to corals and seagrass beds Chapter 8. Biology of Mikania micrantha H.B.K. - a review Chapter 9. Anthemis cotula L. - a highly invasive species in the Kashmir Himalaya, India Chapter 10. A brief appraisal of genus Potamogeton L. in Kashmir Valley Section 2 - Status, Mapping and Distribution Chapter 11. Remote sensing of invasive alien plant Species Chapter 12. Invasive Alien Weeds of Western Ghats: Taxonomy and Distribution Chapter 13. Invasive alien plants in tropical forests of southern Eastern Ghats, India: Ecology and Management Chapter 14. Status of alien plant invasion in North-eastern region of India Chapter 15. Invasive alien weeds in the tropics: The changing pattern in the herbaceous flora of Meghalaya in North East India. Chapter 16. Invasion by Alien Macrophytes in Freshwater Ecosystems of India Chapter 17. Plant Invasions in Jammu and Kashmir State, India Section 3 - Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment Chapter 18. Risk Assessment for Management of Biological Invasion Chapter 19. Economics of Invasive Alien Species Section 4 – Population Dynamics and Utilization Chapter 20. Population dynamics of invasive Alien species of Eupatorium Chapter 21. Resource utilization of invasive alien weeds in India Chapter 22. Lantana mulching for soil fertility improvement, soil and water conservation and crop yield enhancement in rainfed rice in the Kumaun hills Section 5 – Management and Legislation Chapter 23. Control of Lantana and Restoration of Biodiversity in Reserve Forests of Chandigarh – A case study Chapter 24. Woody, alien and invasive Prosopis juliflora (Swartz) D.C. Management dilemma and regulatory issues in Gujarat-a western state of India