Impacts of biological invasions: what’s what and the way forward

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Author(s): Daniel Simberloff, Jean-Louis Martin, Piero Genovesi, Virginie Maris, David A. Wardle, James Aronson, Franck Courchamp, Bella Galil, Emili Garcı´a-Berthou, Michel Pascal, Petr Pysˇek, Ronaldo Sousa, Eric Tabacchi, and Montserrat Vila`

Publication: Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Publication Date: 2013

Abstract: Study of the impacts of biological invasions, a pervasive component of global change, has generated remarkable understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of the spread of introduced populations. The growing field of invasion science, poised at a crossroads where ecology, social sciences, resource management, and public perception meet, is increasingly exposed to critical scrutiny from several perspectives. Although the rate of biological invasions, elucidation of their consequences, and knowledge about mitigation are growing rapidly, the very need for invasion science is disputed. Here, we highlight recent progress in understanding invasion impacts and management, and discuss the challenges that the discipline faces in its science and interactions with society.

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