Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plant, Animal, and Microbe Species, Second Edition

David Pimentel, Ph.D.

May 23, 2011 by CRC Press
Reference - 463 Pages - 36 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439829905 - CAT# K11463

USD$132.95

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Features

  • Includes studies from six continents to provide the best quality and detailed data for components of the biological invasion problem
  • Presents up-to-date literature with contributions from internationally recognized experts
  • Provides a research foundation for the accurate assessment of the economic and ecological impact of non-native invasive species
  • Covers the impacts of disease organisms on human health and livestock

Summary

The impact of invasive species is second only to that of human population growth and associated activities as a cause of the loss of biodiversity throughout the world. In the United States, invasions of nonnative plants, animals, or microbes cause major environmental damage. The second edition of Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plant, Animal, and Microbe Species represents the most current, single-source reference containing scientific and economic information on this timely subject.

This volume reconfirms the diverse and unpredictable roles that non-native species assume as they invade new ecosystems: destruction of vital crops and forests, major damages to ecosystems leading to loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and water loss. The text provides information on how the non-native species invade new ecosystems, their subsequent environmental effects, and estimates on economic impacts. Biological Invasions supplies scientists, policymakers, and the public with a better understanding of the invading species and how to prevent their spread and improve control procedures.