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Biological Invasions in New Zealand

Volume 186 of the series Ecological Studies pp 1-13

Paradise Lost — the Last Major Colonization

  • W. G. LeeAffiliated withLandcare Research
  • , R. B. AllenAffiliated withLandcare Research
  • , D. M. TompkinsAffiliated withLandcare Research

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1.4 Conclusion

The ecology, impacts and control of invasive non-native species has been a dominant research focus for over a century in New Zealand. This has coincided with the mass arrival of introduced plant and animal species, and we have attempted to provide an overview of aspects of that research. We have particularly focused on situations where researchers have sought to develop predictions about the characteristics of invasive species, vulnerable ecosystems, and general impacts. Biological invasions will continue to drive much of the ecological research in New Zealand as we attempt to reduce the importation of new invasive species, and assess and manage those already present. As contributions to this book indicate, successful control of alien invasive species in New Zealand will continue to depend on the development of robust ecological theory, improved understanding of natural communities and how they function, effective management approaches, and a strong societal commitment to the issue.