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Alien Species and Evolution : The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species - George W. Cox

Alien Species and Evolution

The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species

Paperback Published: 25th June 2004
ISBN: 9781559630092
Number Of Pages: 400

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In Alien Species and Evolution, biologist George W. Cox reviews and synthesizes emerging information on the evolutionary changes that occur in plants, animals, and microbial organisms when they colonize new geographical areas, and on the evolutionary responses of the native species with which alien species interact.

The book is broad in scope, exploring information across a wide variety of taxonomic groups, trophic levels, and geographic areas. It examines theoretical topics related to rapid evolutionary change and supports the emerging concept that species introduced to new physical and biotic environments are particularly prone to rapid evolution. The author draws on examples from all parts of the world and all major ecosystem types, and the variety of examples used gives considerable insight into the patterns of evolution that are likely to result from the massive introduction of species to new geographic regions that is currently occurring around the globe.

Alien Species and Evolution is the only state-of-the-art review and synthesis available of this critically important topic, and is an essential work for anyone concerned with the new science of invasion biology or the threats posed by invasive species.

"Cox convincingly makes the case that evolution is central to any understanding of invasions..."--Nature
"Cox has written a must-have book."--CHOICE

Prefacep. ix
Basic Concepts of Alien Invasion and Evolutionp. 1
Alien Species and Accelerated Evolutionp. 3
Adaptation of Alien Species for Dispersal and Establishmentp. 17
Founder Effects and Exotic Variabilityp. 32
Introduction Sources, Cryptic Species, and Invasion Routesp. 47
Processes of Evolutionary Change and Adaptationp. 61
Hybridization and Evolution of Exoticsp. 63
Hybridization and Transgenic Organismsp. 76
Invasion Resistance of Native Communitiesp. 89
Adaptation of Alien Species to New Habitatsp. 105
Evolutionary Interaction of Aliens and Nativesp. 119
Evolutionary Adaptation by Alien Herbivoresp. 121
Evolutionary Adaptation by Alien Predators and Parasitesp. 134
Adaptation of Alien Diseases to Hosts and Vectorsp. 148
Adaptation of Plants to Alien Herbivores and Diseasesp. 161
Adaptation of Native Herbivores to Alien Plantsp. 174
Adaptation of Animals to Alien Predators, Parasites, and Disease Agentsp. 188
Accumulation of Herbivores, Predators, and Parasites by Alien Speciesp. 202
Global Evolutionary Consequences of Alien Invasionsp. 217
Alien Species as Agents of Extirpation and Extinctionp. 219
Evolutionary Ecology of Alien Biological Control Agentsp. 232
Counteradaptation and Integration into the Biotic Communityp. 245
Dispersing Aliens and Speciationp. 258
Permanently Altered Biotic Communitiesp. 272
Literature Citedp. 287
Glossaryp. 345
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9781559630092
ISBN-10: 1559630094
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 25th June 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52