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.
The purpose of this book is to provide a reference guide for field workers and land managers concerning the historical and current status of the biological control of invasive plant species in the eastern United States. Weeds associated with lakes, ponds and rivers (Section I); wetlands (Section II); prairies and grasslands (Section III); old fields and pastures (Section IV); and forests (Section V) are discussed, by authors who are leaders in research on biological control of the plant species they discuss. Each chapter compiles published articles, unpublished reports and personal experiences of the authors, and provides the most up-to-date and accurate information concerning biological control of each invasive plant species.
Host website for the WeedUS database and EDDMapS as well as Forestry Images, Integrated Pest Management Images, Forest Pests and more. Hosted by The University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. This site also archives the Nature Conservancy’s disbanded Global Invasive Species Team’s resources: a Weed Control Methods Handbook, Element Stewardship Abstracts (ESA’s), and Weed Management Plan templates. (The GIST resources are no longer being updated but are nevertheless of value.)
See pages 6-7 for discussion of sampling timing on Mean C and FQA Index scores.
This book considers the problem of invasive introduced plants from historical, ecological and sociological perspectives. It consider such questions as "What makes a community invasible?", "What makes a plant an invader?" and "Can we restore plant communities after invasion?". Written with advanced students and land managers in mind, this book contains practical explanations, case studies and an introduction to basic techniques for evaluating the impacts of invasive plants. An underlying theme is that experimental and quantitative evaluation of potential problems is necessary, and solutions must consider the evolutionary and ecological constraints acting on species interactions in newly invaded communities.
Provides information on the history of the FAQAI, and the development and use of CCs
Two-page fact sheet that includes a description of invasive vines; how they are introduced to an area; why they are a threat to forests, birds, and other wildlife; invasive vines in Pennsylvania; their impact on the ecology of natural areas; how landowners can control and eliminate them; and native alternatives.
Analysis and rating of plant communities in Ohio using the floristic quality assessment index method.
Applications of this system include the identification of remnant habitats of native floristic significance, comparisons between different sites, long-term monitoring of floristic quality, monitoring the progress of habitat restoration, and the use of National Wetland Categories to assist in identification of wetlands. The MDNR is using the same quality assessment system that Floyd Swink and Gerould Wilhelm used for the Chicago Region.
The Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) program was established to assess the effectiveness of individual coastal restoration projects and the cumulative effects of multiple projects at regional and coastwide scales. The CRMS Vegetation Analytical Team has developed a Floristic Quality Index (FQI) for coastal Louisiana to determine the quality of a wetland based on its plant species composition and abundance.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of biological invasion by non-native species. Highlighting important research findings associated with each stage of invasion, Invasion Ecology provides an overview of the invasion process from transportation patterns and causes of establishment success to ecological impacts, invader management, and post-invasion evolution.
Invasive Alien Species is the final report of the Global Invasive Species Programme's first phase of operation, 1997-2000, in which authorities from more than thirty countries worked to examine invasions as a worldwide environmental hazard. The book brings together the world's leading scientists and researchers involved with invasive alien species to offer a comprehensive summary and synthesis of the current state of knowledge on the subject.
An easy-to-use, wide-ranging guide to invasive plants in North America, "Invasive Plants" features full-color photos and descriptions of 175 terrestrial and aquatic alien species, that are in some cases changing the landscape to an almost unimaginable degree. Accompanying text describes each plant's environmental role, its history, and its economic impacts as well as management techniques used to control it. Also includes an explanation of what an invasive is and a step-by-step identification key. An essential guide to understanding this unprecedented environmental challenge.
This book is intended to serve as a resource for regulatory and plant protection agencies worldwide.
Invasive Species in a Changing World brings together leading scientists from around the world – including Carla M. D'Antonio, Jeffrey McNeely, Robert Sutherst, David Richardson, to examine the invasive species phenomenon and to consider the mutual interactions between global change and invasives that are likely to occur over the next century.
Invasive Species presents extensive information and new analyses on mechanisms of species transfer, or vectors. Contributors assess invasion vectors and vector management in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems for major taxonomic groups in a variety of regions around the world. The book examines invasion causes, routes, and vectors in space and time, highlights current approaches and challenges to preventing new invasions, both from a geographic and taxonomic point of view, explores strategies, benefits, and limitations of risk assessment and offers a synthesis of many facets of vector science and management
presents recommendations for action.
By bringing the problem of invasive species to life for readers at all levels, Nature Out of Place will play an essential role in the vital effort to raise public awareness of this ongoing ecological crisis.
Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a robust, botanically based method for assessing the quality of ecological communities and natural areas. Integral to the method is that each native plant species in a state or region is assigned a Coefficient of Conservatism, or C value, based on its response to stressors. In the Northeast Region (including six New England states and New York), C values were completed at the state level in 2011, whereby every species in each state was assigned a C value based on statewide “average behavior.” But jurisdictional units are not optimal for addressing changes in species behavior. For this reason, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) have supported the development of ecoregional C values, including in the Northeast.