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Invasive Plants and Forest Ecosystems [Hardcover]

Ravinder Kumar Kohli , Shibu Jose , Harminder Pal Singh , Daizy Rani Batish

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Sept. 9 2008 1420043374 978-1420043372 1

As the worldwide human population explodes and trade becomes increasingly globalized, the transboundary movement of plant species from their place of origin to foreign regions is escalating and expected to experience continued growth in the coming decades. Invasive Plants and Forest Ecosystems takes an informed and integrated approach to the current onslaught of invasive species, spotlighting the tremendous challenges they pose for natural resource managers charged with the maintenance of biological diversity and the sustainable production of forest wealth. It addresses the havoc these alien invaders are wrecking on native forest ecosystems and the staggering $300 billion annually in damage and control costs they incur.

An Up-to-Date Synthesis of Invasive Plants, Their Impact, and Control Strategies

Examining invasion ecology through both synthesis and original research chapters, this compilation gives a bird’s eye view of the ecological impact alien invaders have both in temperate and tropical climates. With internationally recognized contributors, this text explores the socioeconomic and policy aspects of adaptive collaborative management strategies that are crucial to controlling alien invasive plants. This book successfully captures the current state of knowledge surrounding this fast-growing ecological issue, making it an indispensable resource for those committed to the protection of global forestry and natural resources.

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Panjab University, Chandigarh, India University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

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5.0 out of 5 stars With contributions from forty-two scholars and environmentalists focused specifically on the impact invasive plants have had Sept. 13 2009
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When a plant that is not native to the region appears and gains a foothold in the local ecological environment, it can prove to be overwhelmingly destructive to native plants and alter an ecological balance of flora and fauna that took tens of thousands of years to establish. That's why "Invasive Plants and Forest Ecosystems" is such a critically important contribution to the literature. The international editorial team of Ravinder Kumar Kohli (Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America), Shibu Jose (Associate Professor of Forest Ecology, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville), Harminder Pal Singh (Lecturer of biotic Environment, Centre for Environment and Vocational Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India), and Daizy Rani Batish (Department of Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India) have expertly compiled contributions from forty-two scholars and environmentalists focused specifically on the impact invasive plants have had and continue to represent to forest-based ecosystems around the world with respect to their sustainability, integrity, management issues, socioeconomic impact, and necessary political policies and laws to address the issues raised. "Invasive Plants and Forest Ecosystems" is a seminal work of impeccable scholarship that will prove to be a core addition to academic and governmental Environmental Studies and Forest Management reference collections.

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