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Biogeography of Mediterranean Invasions

F. di Castri, Z. Naveh, J.-L. Vernet, H. Aschmann, E. R. Fuentes, H. J. Deacon, R. H. Groves, E. Le Floc'h, M. Rejmanek, C. D. Thomsen, I. D. Peters, G. Montenegro, S. Teillier, P. Arce, V. Poblete, M. J. Wells, P. M. Kloot, I. Olivieri, P.-H. Gouyon, J.-M. Prosperi, J. Lepart, M. Debussche, L. Trabaud, R. L. Specht, H. T. Clifford, J. Roy, M. L. Navas, L. Sonié, G. Cheylan, W. Z. Lidicker Jr, F. M. Jaksic, R. C. Bigalke, D. Pepler, T. D. Redhead, G. R. Singleton, K. Myers, B. J. Coman, J. Blondel, F. Vuilleumier, R. K. Brooke, W. R. Siegfried, J. L. Long, P. R. Mawson, J. L. Guillerm, H. N. Le Houérou, L. D. Pryor, A. A. Kirk, J.-P. Lumaret
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521063906

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  • The Mediterranean basin, California, Chile, the western Cape of South Africa, and southern Australia share a Mediterranean climate characterized by cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. These five regions have differing patterns of human settlement, but similarities in natural vegetation and some faunal assemblages. These likenesses are enhanced with time by an increasing level of biotic exchange among the regions. An initiative of a subcommittee of SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment), which realized that the integrity of many natural ecosystems is being threatened by the ingress of invasive species, this book uniquely documents the introduced floras and faunas, especially plants, buds, and mammals, in these five regions of Mediterranean climate, and aims to increase our understanding of the ecology of biological invasions. In doing so, it points a way to more effectively manage the biota of these regions.

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    "...a useful reference for its compiled liss of plant, mammal, and bird species hat have invaded the different Mediterranean regions....should be of interest to anyone intrigued by or working with alien species in a Mediterranean region, or as a reference for analyses of trends in biological invasions among geographic regions." Curtis C. Daehler and Donald R. Strong, Plant Science Bulletin

    "...will certainly provide intriguing reading for anyone who is interested in rapidly unfolding biological phenomena." Richard N. Mack, Science

    "This important volume should be of wide interest, not only to Mediterranean ecologists and students of biological invasions, but also to anyone whose research involves the structure, function, and stability of ecological communities." Philip W. Rundel, Ecology

    "Collectively, the chapters in this book offer an excellent comprehensive overview of invasions in the five mediterranean regions by vascular plants, birds, and mammals....an excellent summary of material on a regionalized and identifiable, albeit geographically widespread ecosystem....will serve as an essential reference for libraries and should be in the possession of anyone who deals with the ecology of invasions or the flora and fauna of any of the meditterranean regions." J. Whitfield Gibbons, Environmental Management

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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521063906
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. An ecological overview of the five regions with a mediterranean climate F. di Castri
    Part II. Historical Background:
    2. The palaeohistory of the Mediterranean biota Z. Naveh and J.-L. Vernet
    3. Human impact on the biota of mediterranean-climate regions of Chile and California H. Aschmann
    4. Central Chile: how do introduced plants and animals fit into the landscape? E. R. Fuentes
    5. Historical background of invasions in the mediterranean region of southern Africa H. J. Deacon
    6. A short history of biological invasions of Australia R. H. Groves
    Part III. Biogeography of Taxa: IIIa. Higher Plants:
    7. Invasive plants of the Mediterranean Basin E. Le Floc'h
    8. Invasive vascular plants of California M. Rejmanek, C. D. Thomsen and I. D. Peters
    9. Introduction of plants into the mediterranean-type climate area of Chile G. Montenegro, S. Teillier, P. Arce and V. Poblete
    10. Introduced plants of the fynbos biome of South Africa M. J. Wells
    11. Invasive plants of southern Australia P. M. Kloot
    12. Life cycles of some Mediterranean invasive plants I. Olivieri, P.-H. Gouyon and J.-M. Prosperi
    13. Invasion processes as related to succession and disturbance J. Lepart and M. Debussche
    14. Is fire an agent favouring plant invasions? L. Trabaud
    15. Plant invasion and soil seed banks: control by water and nutrients R. L. Specht and H. T. Clifford
    16. Invasion by annual brome grasses: a case study challenging the homoclime approach to invasions J. Roy, M. L. Navas and L. Sonié
    IIIb. Mammals:
    17. Patterns of Pleistocene turnover, current distribution and speciation among Mediterranean mammals G. Cheylan
    18. Introduced mammals in California W. Z. Lidicker Jr
    19. Ecology of a successful invader: the European rabbit in central Chile F. M. Jaksic and E. R. Fuentes
    20. Mammals introduced to the mediterranean region of South Africa R. C. Bigalke and D. Pepler
    21. Mammals introduced to southern Australia T. D. Redhead, G. R. Singleton, K. Myers and B. J. Coman
    IIIc. Birds:
    22. Invasions and range modifications of birds in the Mediterranean Basin J. Blondel
    23. Invasions in the mediterranean avifaunas of California and Chile F. Vuilleumier
    24. Birds introduced to the fynbos biome of South Africa R. K. Brooke and W. R. Siegfried
    25. Species of introduced birds in mediterranean Australia J. L. Long and P. R. Mawson
    Part IV. Applied Aspects of Mediterranean Invasions:
    26. Weed invasion in agricultural areas J. L. Guillerm
    27. Plant invasions in the rangelands of the isoclimatic mediterranean zone H. N. Le Houérou
    28. Forest plantations and invasions in the mediterranean zones of Australia and South Africa L. D. Pryor
    29. The importation of mediterranean-adapted dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from the northern hemisphere to other parts of the world A. A. Kirk and J.-P. Lumaret
    Part V. Overview:
    30. The biogeography of mediterranean plant invasions R. H. Groves
    31. The biogeography of mediterranean animal invasions F. di Castri
    Index of scientific names
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    R. H. Groves

    F. Di Castri

    Contributors

    F. di Castri, Z. Naveh, J.-L. Vernet, H. Aschmann, E. R. Fuentes, H. J. Deacon, R. H. Groves, E. Le Floc'h, M. Rejmanek, C. D. Thomsen, I. D. Peters, G. Montenegro, S. Teillier, P. Arce, V. Poblete, M. J. Wells, P. M. Kloot, I. Olivieri, P.-H. Gouyon, J.-M. Prosperi, J. Lepart, M. Debussche, L. Trabaud, R. L. Specht, H. T. Clifford, J. Roy, M. L. Navas, L. Sonié, G. Cheylan, W. Z. Lidicker Jr, F. M. Jaksic, R. C. Bigalke, D. Pepler, T. D. Redhead, G. R. Singleton, K. Myers, B. J. Coman, J. Blondel, F. Vuilleumier, R. K. Brooke, W. R. Siegfried, J. L. Long, P. R. Mawson, J. L. Guillerm, H. N. Le Houérou, L. D. Pryor, A. A. Kirk, J.-P. Lumaret

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