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Invasive Plant Ecology

1st Edition

Edited by Shibu Jose, Harminder Pal Singh, Daizy Rani Batish, Ravinder Kumar Kohli

CRC Press

302 pages

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Invasion of non-native plant species, which has a significant impact on the earth's ecosystems, has greatly increased in recent years due to expanding trade and transport among different countries. Understanding the ecological principles underlying the invasive process as well as the characteristics of the invasive plants is crucial for making good

Table of Contents

Invasive plant ecology: The horse behind the cart? What makes the alien plants so successful? Exploration of the ecological basis. Novel weapon hypothesis for the successful establishment of invasive plants in alien environments: A critical appraisal. Functional basis for geographical variation in growth among invasive plants. Aboveground-belowground interactions: Implication for invasiveness. From species coexistence to genotype coexistence: What can we learn from invasive plants? Mycorrhizae and invasive plants. Exotic plant response to forest disturbance in the western United States. Effects of silvicultural practices on invasive plant species abundance in the Missouri Ozark forests of the central United States. Invasive plants and mutualistic interactions between fleshy fruits and frugivorous animals. Alien plant invasion and its ecological implications: An Indian perspective with particular reference to biodiversity-rich regions. Impact of invasive alien plant species on aboveground and belowground diversity in the Kashmir Himalaya, India. Ecology and management of invasive plants in Africa. Geospatial tools for identifying and managing invasive plants. Improving restoration to control plant invasions under climate change. Converting invasive alien plant stands to natural forest nature's way: Overview, theory, and practice. Economics of invasive plant management. An economic analysis of the invasive plant problem associated with the horticulture industry in North America. Index.

About the Editors

Shibu Jose, Ph.D., an applied ecologist, is the H.E. Garrett Endowed Professor in the School of Natural Resources and director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. He is the editor-in-chief of Agroforestry Systems and associate editor of the International Journal of Ecology and the Journal of Forestry. Dr. Jose's research program studies key ecological processes and interactions that define ecological sustainability. He examines how resource availability and disturbances influence ecosystem structure and uses the information in designing agroforestry systems and restoring degraded and damaged ecosystems. Dr. Jose and his research team have conducted studies in the United States, Australia, Costa Rica, Belize, Bangladesh, Panama, and India. He has more than 150 publications, including 6 edited books and 3 special issues.

Harminder Pal Singh, Ph.D., an ecophysiologist, is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. His research interests include examining the ecophysiological basis of plant interactions, evaluating the impact of exotic invasive plants on structural and functional aspects of native ecosystems, and exploring the role of natural plant products as novel pesticides. His research findings have resulted in 75 research papers in refereed journals and 6 edited books.

Daizy R. Batish, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Botany at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Batish and her research group have been involved in studying the biology and ecology of invasive weeds, ecophysiology of plant-plant interactions, and ecological weed management. Her research program aims at identifying and evaluating plant products with potential application as novel herbicides under sustainable agriculture. Dr. Batish has published over 100 research papers in refereed journals, 6 books, and

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
SCI011000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany