The Risk of Invasions When Using Acacia spp. in Forestry

  • Ciro José Ribeiro de Moura
  • Nina Attias
  • Helena de Godoy Bergallo


The use of exotic species by man can generate diverse environmental and economic benefits. Nevertheless, when dealing with exotic species, it is necessary to take into account its complex relationship with human communities and natural ecosystems. As a backfire, exotic species can alter the properties of local ecosystems, causing economic and environmental damage if they become invasive (Richardson et al. Divers Distrib, 17: 771–787, 2011a; Richardson et al. A compendium of essential concepts and terminology in invasion ecology. In: Richardson, D.M. (ed.) Fifty years of invasion ecology: the legacy of Charles Elton. Blackwell: Oxford, pp 409–420, 456, 2011b). In addition to the effect on the ecological integrity of ecosystems and, consequently, on the services provided by them, exotic species can be the cause of great economic losses directly influencing agriculture, forestry, and public health (Pimentel et al. Agric Ecosyst Environ, 84: 1–20, 2001). Recently, Vitousek et al. (2017) proposed that biological invasions are so widespread and the impacts are so vast that this should be considered as a significant component of global environmental change.


Acacia mangium Acacia mearnsii Invasive alien species 



CJRM thanks the Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement for the doctorate scholarship, NA thanks the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development for the master’s scholarship and H.G.B. thanks Carlos Chagas Filho Foundation for Research Support of the State of Rio de Janeiro, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, and Prociência/UERJ for research grants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ciro José Ribeiro de Moura
    • 1
  • Nina Attias
    • 2
  • Helena de Godoy Bergallo
    • 3
  1. 1.Federal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Animal BiologyFederal University of Mato Grosso do SulCampo GrandeBrazil
  3. 3.Department of EcologyInstitute of Biology Roberto Alcântara Gomes, Rio de Janeiro State UniversityRio de JaneiroBrazil

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