The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants
Much as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was a call to action against the pesticides that were devastating bird populations, Charles S. Elton's classic The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants sounded an early warning about an environmental catastrophe that has become all too familiar today—the invasion of nonnative species. From kudzu to zebra mussels to Asian long-horned beetles, nonnative species are colonizing new habitats around the world at an alarming rate thanks to accidental and intentional human intervention. One of the leading causes of extinctions of native animals and plants, invasive species also wreak severe economic havoc, causing $79 billion worth of damage in the United States alone. Elton explains the devastating effects that invasive species can have on local ecosystems in clear, concise language and with numerous examples. The first book on invasion biology, and still the most cited, Elton's masterpiece provides an accessible, engaging introduction to one of the most important environmental crises of our time.
Publisher - University of Chicago Press
Subjects - Non-indigenous Aquatic Species (NAS); Invasive Specieshttp://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/E/bo3614808.html
Citation: Elton CS. 1958. The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants. Chicago (IL): The University of Chicago Press. 196 p ISBN: 978-0226206387 http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/E/bo3614808.html