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ALIEN INVADERS in Canada's Waters, Wetlands, and Forests provides information on the global impact of alien species across Canadian landscapes. Alien invasive species are recognized as a major global threat to biodiversity. The problems are exacerbated by the globalization of trade and the inability of current inspection and quarantine regimes to cope with an increasing demand. No comprehensive overview exists of the alien invasive species issue in Canada. Alien Invaders in Canada's Waters, Wetlands, and Forests aims to bridge this gap. It is a collection of papers from experts in several disciplines who discuss and analyze invasive species from a variety of perspectives: invasion pathways, affected sectors, management and control, and national and international collaborations.
This publication was compiled and edited by Renata Claudi, M.S., an acknowledged expert on macrofouling and aquatic nuisance species, Patrick Nantel, Ph.D., a Canadian Forest Service science advisor and plant ecologist, and Elizabeth Muckle-Jeffs, a communications expert and associate of the Professional Edge. Together this team developed the contents, assembled the papers, and guided the authors in presenting their knowledge.

24 chapters richly illustrated with figures, maps, and 60 colour photos.

   

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INVASIVE SPECIES: VECTORS AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
edited by Gregory M. Ruiz and James T. Carlton
Recent years have seen a steep rise in invasions of non-native species in virtually all major ecoregions on Earth. Along with this rise has come a realization that a rigorous scientific understanding of why, how, when, and where species are transported is the required/necessary foundation for managing biological invasions.
Invasive Species presents extensive information and new analyses on mechanisms of species transfer, or vectors, as the latest contribution from the Global Invasive Species Programme (GISP). 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
• offers a synthesis of many facets of vector science and management
• presents recommendations for action

Chapter authors review fungi, plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, with geographic assessments covering New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and the United States. Although the full extent and cumulative impact of non-native species can only be guessed at, biological invasions are clearly a potent force of global change, contributing to a wide range of deleterious effects including disease outbreaks, habitat alteration and loss, declines of native species, increased frequency of fires, and shifts in nutrient cycling. Vectors are the delivery mechanisms, resulting in recent increases in rates of new invasions. Invasive Species brings together in a single volume new information from leading scientists around the world on approaches to controlling and managing invasion vectors. This volume is a timely and essential reference for scientists, researchers, policymakers, and anyone concerned with understanding biological invasions and developing effective responses to them.

Gregory M. Ruiz is an ecologist and director of the Marine Invasion Research Laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland.
James T. Carlton is professor of marine sciences and director of the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College. He is based in Mystic, Connecticut.

     

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Global Advances in the Ecology and Management of Golden Apple Snails

EDITORS: Ravindra C. Joshi & Leocadio S. Sebastian (PhilRice)
PUBLISHER: Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice)

Here in one publication is all information so far known about golden apple snails (GAS) and the rice systems and countries they have afflicted.

GAS is considered one of the worst invasive alien species, according to the IUCN [International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources], GSID [Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases], and ISSG [Invasive Species Specialist Group].

Around 500 pages of information are devoted to this species that continue to expand their distribution. No less than US$ 1 billion have been reported as losses due to GAS.

With this complete publication, the knowledge vacuum on the ecology and management of GAS will be filled. Some 24 chapters cover various aspects of snail taxonomy (traditional as well as molecular tools), impacts of GAS on aquatic ecosystems and farmers' health, and pesticide abuse/misuse. Even GAS-invaded countries have submitted their separate country reports. Further, some chapters are dedicated to the utilization of GAS as food and as natural paddy weeder, with some information available on the biorational approach in its management and control.

The book has practical applications as well, offering various options for the ecological and sustainable ways to deal with GAS invasions.

According to authorities that have contributed to this book, no other book is known to have an extensive information on GAS. Chapter contributors have put in their life's work – accumulated knowledge and experiences – on these pages. This truly is the first exclusive detailed book on GAS. It will take at least another 10-15 years for any new and significant advances on this snail and its management.

This book will be a manual for all researchers: field research as well as extension workers, and as reference textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students of biological sciences, as well as industry workers, museums, and even libraries where exhaustive information on this topic is needed.

     

ISBN: 9781439800508
ISBN 10: 1439800502
Number of Pages: 550

 

Monitoring and Control of Macrofouling Mollusks in Fresh Water Systems, Second Edition

Gerald L. Mackie, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Renata Claudi, RNT Consulting

Upon its initial publication more than fifteen years ago, this book broke new ground with its comprehensive coverage of the biology and ecology, distribution and dispersal mechanisms, physiology, monitoring, negative and positive impacts, and control of aquatic invasive species of mussels, clams, and snails. Building on this foundation, the second edition of Monitoring and Control of Macrofouling Mollusks in Fresh Water Systems includes completely revised information on species such as the zebra mussel while also covering up-and-coming nuisance species such as the quagga mussel, Conrad’s false mussel, the Asian clam, and the fast-spreading golden mussel.

The Second Edition includes:
Ten new species of mussels and snails
International case studies on mussel fouling problems and how to cope with them
New control and monitoring techniques
Discussions of the latest threats and possible future scenarios

The book contains brief descriptions of the external and internal structures, examining only those features relevant to the monitoring and control of the invasive species. It discusses why the mollusks are pests, distinguishing nuisance species from native species, their habits and habitat, reproductive potential, and life cycles and population dynamics. The authors also explain how efficient dispersal mechanisms employed by the nuisance mollusks not only help them spread so rapidly to inland lakes and rivers across continents, but how they can invade virtually every part of a facility.

While many other resources contain segments of this information, none cover all areas and link them in a cohesive fashion. It is this approach that makes the understanding of potential impacts on ecosystems, industries and utilities, as well as the many human-made physical and chemical mitigants for controlling the mollusks supplied by this book so crucial for preserving the health of raw water supplies.