© 2009

Handbook of Alien Species in Europe


Part of the Invading Nature - Springer Series in Invasion Ecology book series (INNA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau
    Pages 15-28
  3. Franz Essl, Philip W. Lambdon
    Pages 29-41
  4. Petr Pyšek, Philip W. Lambdon, Margarita Arianoutsou, Ingolf Kühn, Joan Pino, Marten Winter
    Pages 43-61
  5. Alain Roques, Wolfgang Rabitsch, Jean-Yves Rasplus, Carlos Lopez-Vaamonde, Wolfgang Nentwig, Marc Kenis
    Pages 63-79
  6. Francesca Gherardi, Stephan Gollasch, Dan Minchin, Sergej Olenin, Vadim E. Panov
    Pages 81-92
  7. Bella S. Galil, Stephan Gollasch, Dan Minchin, Sergej Olenin
    Pages 93-104
  8. Salit Kark, Wojciech Solarz, François Chiron, Philippe Clergeau, Susan Shirley
    Pages 105-118
  9. Piero Genovesi, Sven Bacher, Manuel Kobelt, Michel Pascal, Riccardo Scalera
    Pages 119-128
  10. Sergej Olenin, Viktoras Didžiulis
    Pages 129-132
  11. Montserrat Vilà, Corina Basnou, Stephan Gollasch, Melanie Josefsson, Jan Pergl, Riccardo Scalera
    Pages 265-268
  12. Petr Pyšek, Philip E Hulme, Wolfgang Nentwig
    Pages 375-379
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 381-399

About this book


Biological invasions by alien (non-native) species are widely recognized as a significant component of human-caused global environmental change and the second most important cause of biodiversity decline. Alien species threaten many European ecosystems and have serious environmental, economic and health impacts. The DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe) project has now brought together all available information on alien species in Europe (terrestrial, aquatic and marine) and from all taxa (fungi, plants, animals). Thus for the first time, an overview and assessment of biological invasions in the Pan-European region is finally possible.

The Handbook of Alien Species in Europe summarises the major findings of this groundbreaking research and addresses the invasion trends, pathways, and both economic as well as ecological impact for eight major taxonomic groups. Approximately 11.000 alien species recorded in Europe are listed, and fact sheets for 100 of the most invasive alien species are included, each with a distribution map and colour illustration.

The book is complemented by a regularly updated internet database providing free additional information. With its highly interdisciplinary approach, DAISIE and its Handbook will be the basis for future scientific investigations as well as management and control of alien invasive species in Europe.


Alien species Biological Invasion Invasive species biodiversity ecosystem environment

About the authors

DAISIE is an acronym for Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe. This was the title of an EU project in the 6th FP (2005-2008). DAISIE represents the consortium of 83 partners and 99 collaborators and their joint effort. All European states are represented in this consortium.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“Chapters cover the animal and plant groups in detail: alien fungi, bryophytes and lichens, vascular plants, terrestrial invertebrates, invertebrates and fish in inland waters, marine biota, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and, finally, mammals. … All in all, the ‘Handbook of Alien Species in Europe’ is a valuable source of information for the general ecologist, particularly as a companion book for the diverse literature on biological invasions, and for the practitioner being interested in the management of invasive species in Europe.” (Matthias Schaefer, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 12 (6), 2011)