9781853837814

Plant Invaders : The Threat to Natural Ecosystems

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    9781853837814

  • ISBN10:

    1853837814

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Summary

* A practical guide to the protection and management of ecosystems against invasions by non-indigenous plant species * Includes extensive case studies and an invaluable list of invasive species with their countries of origin and regions of introduction * Published in association with WWF, UNESCO and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew This useful handbook comes at a time when the problem of invasive species is becoming ever more pressing. Cronk and Fuller give an accessible and authoritative account of the subject and how to protect natural habitats. The majority of countries suffer from 'invasives' and this book covers case studies from North America, Europe, Australia, South and South East Asia and the Pacific and Atlantic islands. It will have a wide appeal not only for academics and students but also for those concerned with the practical conservation of plants and ecosystems and land management.

Table of Contents

The `People and Plants' Initiative ix
Alan Hamilton
Panel of Advisers xi
Preface xii
Acknowledgements xiv
The nature of plant invasion
1(14)
What are invasive plants?
1(1)
Plant invasion and conservation
2(5)
Where is invasion happening?
7(8)
How invasion occurs
15(20)
Process of invasion
15(4)
Historical aspects of plant translocation
19(5)
Characteristics of invasive species
24(5)
Taxonomic patterns of invasion
29(1)
Predicting invasion
30(5)
Action against invasive plants
35(26)
Education and awareness
35(1)
Legislation
36(2)
Preventing introduction and spread
38(3)
Information and recording
41(2)
Planning a control program
43(4)
Physical control
47(3)
Chemical control
50(3)
Biological control (biocontrol)
53(5)
Environment management control
58(1)
Prospects for the future
59(2)
Case studies of some important invasive species
61(66)
Introduction
61(1)
Species accounts
62(65)
Acacia saligna (Labill.) Wendl. (Leguminosae)
62(5)
Andropogon virginicus L. (Gramineae)
67(2)
Clematis vitalba L. (Ranunculaceae)
69(4)
Clidemia hirta (L.) D.Don. (Melastomataceae)
73(3)
Hakea sericea Schrad. et Wendl. (Proteaceae)
76(3)
Lagarosiphon major (Ridl.) Moss (Hydrocharitaceae)
79(3)
Lantana camara L. (Verbenaceae)
82(4)
Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake (Myrtaceae)
86(4)
Mimosa pigra L. (Leguminosae)
90(5)
Myrica faya Ait. (Myricaceae)
95(3)
Passiflora mollissima (H.B.K.) Bailey (Passifloraceae)
98(5)
Pinus radiata D. Don (Pinaceae)
103(4)
Pittosporum undulatum Vent. (Pittosporaceae)
107(4)
Psidium cattleianum Sabine (Myrtaceae)
111(3)
Rhododendron ponticum L. (Ericaceae)
114(5)
Salvinia molesta D. Mitch. (Salviniaceae)
119(4)
Sesbania punicea (Cav.) Benth. (Leguminosae)
123(4)
Representative invasive species
127(74)
Key to brief accounts of invasive species
127(2)
Species list
129(72)
Appendices 201(6)
Appendix A --- Use of herbicides: some environmental cautions
201(2)
Appendix B --- A selection of relevant addresses
203(4)
Glossary 207(4)
References 211(22)
Index 233

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