The CABI-published book ‘Plant Invasions: The Role of Biotic Interactions’ is the first to focus on the key role of species interactions in mediating invasions and is now available to buy in hardback and ePDF/ePub formats from the CABI Bookshop or via Amazon.
Edited by Anna Traveset, of the Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats (CSIC-UIB), Spain, and C·I·B Director Dave Richardson, the book reviews exciting new findings and explores how new methods and tools are shedding new light on crucial processes in plant invasions.
In 23 chapters, with contributions from 51 authors, the book addresses:
- the main theories and hypotheses in plant invasion ecology that invoke species interactions;
- plant invasions that are facilitated by, or benefit from, by mutualistic interactions and release from enemies;
- antagonistic interactions that prevent or hinder plant invasions;
- impacts of plant invasions on native species interactions and ecosystem functioning;
- the interaction-network approach to understanding plant invasions;
- the importance of considering species interactions in managing plant invasions.
“This is the first book to synthesise current understanding of the different mechanisms by which species interactions influence plant invasions. Experts in a wide range of topics from 14 countries contributed to the book, ensuring a global coverage of research addressing all biotic interactions. Key information gaps are identified; it is hoped that this will stimulate further research on this interesting topic to develop more effective measures to manage plant invasions”. – Professor Traveset
“Biotic interactions are invoked in many of most widely cited hypotheses and frameworks in invasion ecology. This book set out to revisit the key assumptions and implications of the role of biotic interactions in plant invasions”. – Professor Richardson
This book will be of interest to academics and students of ecology, researchers engaged in developing management solutions, scientific managers of natural ecosystems, and policy-makers.