1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Biosecurity and Invasive Species

Edited By Kezia Barker, Robert A. Francis Copyright 2021
    368 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of the assessment and management of potentially dangerous infectious diseases, quarantined pests, invasive (alien) species, living modified organisms and biological weapons, from a multitude of perspectives.

    Issues of biosecurity have gained increasing attention over recent years but have often only been addressed from narrow disciplines and with a lack of integration of theoretical and practical approaches. The Routledge Handbook of Biosecurity and Invasive Species brings together both the natural sciences and the social sciences for a fully rounded perspective on biosecurity, shedding light on current national and international management frameworks with a mind to assessing possible future scenarios. With chapters focussing on a variety of ecosystems – including forests, islands, marine and coastal and agricultural land – as well as from the industrial scale to individual gardens, this handbook reviews the global state of invasions and vulnerabilities across a wide range of themes and critically analyses key threats and threatening activities, such as trade, travel, land development and climate change.

    Identifying invasive species and management techniques from a regional to international scale, this book will be a key reference text for a wide range of students and academics in ecology, agriculture, geography, human and animal health and interdisciplinary environmental and security studies.

    PART 1: Knowledges

    1. Characterising Invasives: Stages of Invasion
    Palma E., Mabey A.L., Vesk P.A. & Catford J.A.

    2. What is an invasive alien species? Discord, dissent and denialism
    Juliet Fall

    3. Indigenous biosecurity: Past, Present and Future
    Simon Lambert & Melanie Shadbolt

    4. Geographies of Veterinary Knowledge and Practice
    Gareth Enticott

    5. Watching the grass grow: how landholders learn to live with an invasive plant in conditions of uncertainty
    Shaun McKiernan et al.

    6. Understanding emerging infectious disease
    Kim Stevens

    PART 2: Thresholds 

    7. Forest ecosystems
    Tommaso Sitzia et al.

    8. Island ecosystems
    Qinfeng Guo

    9. Marine and coastal ecosystems
    Elizabeth Cottier-Cook & Rebecca Giesler

    10. Species invasions in freshwater ecosystems
    Rob Francis

    11. ‘New’ recombinant ecologies and their implications - with insights from Britain
    Ian D. Rotherham

    12. Industrial agricultural environments
    Rob Wallace et al.

    13. Urbanisation and globally networked cities
    Meike Wolf

    14. Gardens: perspectives and practices in relation to plants in motion
    Katarina Saltzman, Carina Sjöholm & Tina Westerlund

    PART 3: Practices 

    15. National biosecurity regimes: plant and animal bio-politics in the UK and China
    Damien Maye & Ray Chan

    16. The Future of Biosecurity Surveillance
    Evangeline Corcoran & Grant Hamilton

    17. Risk assessment for Invasive Species
    J. D. Mumford & M A Burgman

    18. The Emergency Modality: From The Use Of Figures To The Mobilization Of Affects
    Francisco Tirado, Enrique Baleriola & Sebastián Moya

    19. Biosecurity in the life sciences
    Limor Samimian-Darash & Ori Lev

    20. Rewilding and invasion
    Timothy Hodgetts & Jamie Lorimer


    Kezia Barker is Lecturer in Geography in the Department of Geography at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.

    Robert A. Francis is Reader in Ecology in the Department of Geography, King's College London, UK.