Ecologists, land managers and policymakers continue to search for the most effective ways to manage biological invasions. In a new book by C·I·B researcher, John Wilson and colleagues, they explore how to detect and respond to alien plant incursions.
Titled, Detecting and Responding to Alien Plant Incursions, the book brings together a range of currently disparate information into one comprehensive resource, helping people to understand the fundamental issues, current advances and future direction of the field. The book summarises current literature, provides practical recommendations and reviews the conditions and processes necessary to achieve prevention, eradication and containment
Chapter topics include assessing invasiveness and the impact of alien plants, how to improve surveillance efforts, how to make timely management decisions, and how legislation and strategic planning can support management. Each chapter includes text boxes written by international experts that discuss topical issues such as spatial predictive modelling, costing invasions, biosecurity, biofuels, and dealing with conflict species.
Summarising the key concepts and requirements involved in successfully detecting and responding to alien plants, this is a valuable resource for land managers, policymakers, weed risk analysts, students and ecologists.
John R. Wilson has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of ecological and evolutionary topics, with a particular focus on invasion science. Based in South Africa, he is a member of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group, and works across science, management, and policy.