Biological Invasions

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 1409–1424 | Cite as

On the Numerous Concepts in Invasion Biology

  • Jannike Falk-PetersenEmail author
  • Thomas Bøhn
  • Odd Terje Sandlund


The study of biological invasions has triggered the production of a diversity of concepts. The terminology has, however, often been applied inconsistently and inaccurately. This article lists and assesses the most commonly used terms and concepts in invasion ecology. In each case the most coherent definition and use is suggested.

Key words

alien concepts exotic indigenous introduced invasion invasive native pest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jannike Falk-Petersen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas Bøhn
    • 2
  • Odd Terje Sandlund
    • 3
  1. 1.Norwegian College of Fishery ScienceUniversity of TromsøTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Institute of Gene EcologyTromsøNorway
  3. 3.Norwegian Institute for Nature ResearchTrondheimNorway

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