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Plant Invasions in Protected Areas

Patterns, Problems and Challenges

  • Llewellyn C. Foxcroft
  • Petr Pyšek
  • David M. Richardson
  • Piero Genovesi

Part of the Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology book series (INNA, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Setting the Scene: Impacts, Processes and Opportunities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, David M. Richardson, Petr Pyšek, Piero Genovesi
      Pages 3-18
    3. Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Petr Pyšek, David M. Richardson, Jan Pergl, Philip E. Hulme
      Pages 19-41
    4. Scott J. Meiners, Steward T. A. Pickett
      Pages 43-60
    5. Cang Hui, Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, David M. Richardson, Sandra MacFadyen
      Pages 73-88
    6. Christoph Kueffer, Keith McDougall, Jake Alexander, Curt Daehler, Peter Edwards, Sylvia Haider et al.
      Pages 89-113
  3. Regional Patterns: Mapping the Threats from Plant Invasions in Protected Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Llewellyn C. Foxcroft, Arne Witt, Wayne D. Lotter
      Pages 117-143
    3. Philip E. Hulme, David F. R. P. Burslem, Wayne Dawson, Ezekiel Edward, John Richard, Rosie Trevelyan
      Pages 145-165
    4. Samantha A. Setterfield, Michael M. Douglas, Aaron M. Petty, Peter Bayliss, Keith B. Ferdinands, Steve Winderlich
      Pages 167-189
    5. Aníbal Pauchard, Nicol Fuentes, Alejandra Jiménez, Ramiro Bustamante, Alicia Marticorena
      Pages 191-208
    6. Petr Pyšek, Piero Genovesi, Jan Pergl, Andrea Monaco, Jan Wild
      Pages 209-240
    7. Thomas J. Stohlgren, Lloyd L. Loope, Lori J. Makarick
      Pages 267-283
    8. Lloyd L. Loope, R. Flint Hughes, Jean-Yves Meyer
      Pages 313-348
    9. Mark R. Gardener, Mandy Trueman, Chris Buddenhagen, Ruben Heleno, Heinke Jäger, Rachel Atkinson et al.
      Pages 349-374
    10. Hugo Costa, Maria José Bettencourt, Carlos M. N. Silva, Joaquim Teodósio, Artur Gil, Luís Silva
      Pages 375-394

About this book


This book is the first comprehensive global review of all aspects of alien plant invasions in protected areas. It provides insights into advances in invasion ecology emanating from work in protected areas, and the link to locally relevant management support for protected areas. The book provides in-depth case studies, illuminating interesting and insightful knowledge that can be shared across the global protected area network. The book includes the collective understanding of 80 ecologists and managers to extract as much information as possible that will support the long-term management of protected areas, and the biodiversity and associated ecosystem services they maintain.

“This outstanding volume draws together pretty much all that can be said on this topic, ranging from the science, through policy, to practical action”. Dr. Simon N. Stuart, IUCN Species Survival Commission, UK.

"This important and timely volume addresses two of the most serious problems affecting biodiversity conservation today: assessing the extent to which protected areas are impacted by biological invasions and the complex problems of managing these impacts. Written by leading specialists, it provides a comprehensive overview of the issues and gives detailed examples drawn from protected areas across the world". Professor Vernon H. Heywood, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, UK                                   



Invasive species biodiversity impacts Landscape fragmentation Protected area conservation threats Risk analysis Science-management integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Llewellyn C. Foxcroft
    • 1
  • Petr Pyšek
    • 2
  • David M. Richardson
    • 3
  • Piero Genovesi
    • 4
  1. 1.South African National ParksCentre for Invasion Biology Conservation ServicesSkukuzaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Invasion EcologyAcademy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Institute of BotanyprůhoniceCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Botany and ZoologyStellenbosch University Center for Invasion BiologyStellenboschSouth Africa
  4. 4.ISPRA Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, and Chair IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist GroupRomeItaly

Bibliographic information


From the book reviews:

“This book, edited by Foxcroft (South African National Parks) and colleagues who are all experts on biotic invasions, focuses on plant invasions in protected areas worldwide. … The book is well illustrated with many figures and numerous color photographs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, land managers, and interested general readers.” (R. B. Pratt, Choice, Vol. 51 (11), August, 2014)