Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 1317–1341 | Cite as

Invasive species in China — an overview

  • Xie Yan
  • Li Zhenyu
  • William P. Gregg
  • Li Dianmo


China is a vast country with rich biodiversity, which makes China especially vulnerable to invasive species. It has a long history of introduction of non-native species, especially those with perceived beneficial impacts. Its rapid economic development, including an explosive growth in international trade and transportation, has increased the potential for new introductions. Currently, alien species are widespread in the country, occur in many ecosystems, represent most major taxonomic groups, and are introduced unintentionally as well as intentionally for cultivation. The paper lists various cases of invasive species which have caused significant threats or damages to local natural or artificial ecosystems, and indicates that two example industries (fresh water fisheries and lawn grasses) have brought or tend to bring in many invasive species and hence have caused or will cause changes and loss of biodiversity in local ecosystems. Based on these studies, it is suggested that China combat the problem through enhancing awareness, development of a database on invasive species, strengthening international co-operation, preparing case studies and introducing the necessary legislation, regulations and monitoring.

China fresh water fisheries introduction invasive species lawn grasses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xie Yan
    • 1
  • Li Zhenyu
    • 2
  • William P. Gregg
    • 3
  • Li Dianmo
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Botany, Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.U.S. Geological SurveyUSA

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