9781559630092

Alien Species and Evolution : The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species

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    9781559630092

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    1559630094

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-06-25
  • Publisher: Island Pr
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Summary

In Alien Species and Evolution, biologist George W. Cox reviews and synthesizes emerging information on the evolutionary changes that occur in plants, animals, and microbial organisms when they colonize new geographical areas, and on the evolutionary responses of the native species with which alien species interact. The book is broad in scope, exploring information across a wide variety of taxonomic groups, trophic levels, and geographic areas. It examines theoretical topics related to rapid evolutionary change and supports the emerging concept that species introduced to new physical and biotic environments are particularly prone to rapid evolution. The author draws on examples from all parts of the world and all major ecosystem types, and the variety of examples used gives considerable insight into the patterns of evolution that are likely to result from the massive introduction of species to new geographic regions that is currently occurring around the globe. Alien Species and Evolution is the only state-of-the-art review and synthesis available of this critically important topic, and is an essential work for anyone concerned with the new science of invasion biology or the threats posed by invasive species.

Author Biography

George W. Cox is emeritus professor of biology at San Diego State University in San Diego, California.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part I. Basic Concepts of Alien Invasion and Evolution
1(60)
Alien Species and Accelerated Evolution
3(14)
Adaptation of Alien Species for Dispersal and Establishment
17(15)
Founder Effects and Exotic Variability
32(15)
Introduction Sources, Cryptic Species, and Invasion Routes
47(14)
Part II. Processes of Evolutionary Change and Adaptation
61(58)
Hybridization and Evolution of Exotics
63(13)
Hybridization and Transgenic Organisms
76(13)
Invasion Resistance of Native Communities
89(16)
Adaptation of Alien Species to New Habitats
105(14)
Part III. Evolutionary Interaction of Aliens and Natives
119(98)
Evolutionary Adaptation by Alien Herbivores
121(13)
Evolutionary Adaptation by Alien Predators and Parasites
134(14)
Adaptation of Alien Diseases to Hosts and Vectors
148(13)
Adaptation of Plants to Alien Herbivores and Diseases
161(13)
Adaptation of Native Herbivores to Alien Plants
174(14)
Adaptation of Animals to Alien Predators, Parasites, and Disease Agents
188(14)
Accumulation of Herbivores, Predators, and Parasites by Alien Species
202(15)
Part IV. Global Evolutionary Consequences of Alien Invasions
217(70)
Alien Species as Agents of Extirpation and Extinction
219(13)
Evolutionary Ecology of Alien Biological Control Agents
232(13)
Counteradaptation and Integration into the Biotic Community
245(13)
Dispersing Aliens and Speciation
258(14)
Permanently Altered Biotic Communities
272(15)
Literature Cited 287(58)
Glossary 345(10)
Index 355

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