Invasion Biology

Authored by: Jennifer Ruesink

Managing Biological and Ecological Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342644
eBook ISBN: 9780429346170
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Biological invasions occur when species or distinct populations breach biogeographical barriers and extend their ranges to areas where they were not historically present. Invasion biology concerns the causes and consequences of these new species, which are also referred to as invasive, introduced, alien, exotic, nonnative, or nonindigenous species. Biological invasions occur in five steps: arrival, establishment, population growth, population spread, and impact. Only a small proportion of species that arrive actually reach the first step; thus, each step acts as a filter for the invasion process. No widely accepted method currently exists for identifying the characteristics that promote invasion a priori.

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