CABI Invasives Series Series 4

Plant Invasions

The Role of Biotic Interactions

December 2020
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  • Published
    23rd December 2020
  • ISBN 9781789242171
  • Language English
  • Pages 464 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Despite many books on plant invasions, none has focused on the role of species interactions. This book is a comprehensive overview of how plant invasions are mediated by varied species interactions and how such invasions influence this important component of biodiversity which involves the interactions (the "glue") among a community's species. Besides highlighting relevant findings, the book digs deeply into new methodologies to understand species interactions in plant invasions and how this can improve management of invaded communities. The book covers:

  • Main theories/hypotheses in plant invasion ecology that invoke species interactions
  • Plant invasions promoted by mutualistic interactions and release from enemies
  • Antagonistic interactions preventing or hindering plant invasions
  • Consequences of plant invasions on native species interactions and ecosystem functioning
  • The interaction network approach to understanding plant invasions
  • Importance of considering species interactions in managing plant invasions
Future avenues of research are highlighted in a final chapter.

Part I: Background

1: Plant invasions: the role of biotic interactions – An overview

2: The role of biotic interactions in invasion ecology: theories and hypotheses


Part II: Positive and negative interactions in the soil

3: Soil biota and non-native plant invasions


Part III: Mutualistic interactions that promote plant invasions

4: Pollination interactions promoting plant invasions-

5: Seed dispersal interactions promoting plant invasions

6: Ungulates as dispersal vectors of non-native plants

7: The role of plant-plant facilitation in non-native plant invasions

8: How direct and indirect non-native interactions can promote plant invasions, lead to invasional meltdown, and inform management decisions


Part IV: Antagonistic interactions that hinder plant invasions

9: Biotic resistance to plant invasions

10: EICA 2.0: A general model of enemy release and defence in plant and animal invasions

11: The role of pathogens in plant invasions

12: Direct and indirect effects of herbivores influencing plant invasions


Part V: Consequences of plant invasions for biotic interactions among native species

13: Impacts of non-native plants on plant-pollinator interactions

14: The effect of non-native plant invasions on seed dispersal of native plants

15: Allelopathic disruptions of biotic interactions due to non-native plants

16: Competition between native and non-native plants

17: Indirect biotic interactions between non-native plants and native plants and animals


Part VI: Novel techniques and experimental approaches in the study of plant invasions

18: How a network approach has advanced the field of plant invasion ecology

19: Molecular ecology of plant-microbial interactions during invasions: progress and challenges


Part VII: Biotic interactions and the management of ecosystems invaded by non-native plants

20: How can progress in the understanding of antagonistic interactions be applied to improve biological control of plant invasions?

21: Restoration of pollination interactions in communities invaded by non-native plants

22: Restoration of seed dispersal interactions in communities invaded by non-native plants

23: Multiple feedbacks due to biotic interactions across trophic levels can lead to persistent novel conditions that hinder restoration

Anna Traveset

Anna Traveset is a Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council based at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies in Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Her research focuses on species interactions, mostly on island ecosystems, and how these are influenced by different drivers of global change. She has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and as book chapters, and has edited several special issues, one in Journal of Biogeography (2012) and the other in AoB PLANTS (2015). She belongs to the editorial board of five scientific journals. In 2017, she was awarded the Prize King Jaume I in the category of "Environmental Protection."

David M. Richardson

David M. Richardson is Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology and is a Distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His research focuses on plant invasions. He is author/co-author of about 420 journal papers and book chapters, has edited six books, including Fifty years of invasion ecology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and is co-author of Invasion Dynamics (OUP; 2017). He was Editor-in-Chief of Diversity and Distributions between 1998 and 2015. He was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize for 2006 by the University of Bern, Switzerland, and in 2012 received the John F.W. Herschel Medal, the senior medal of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Aboveground-belowground linkages; Antagonistic interactions; Enemy release; Invasional meltdown; Management of plant invasions; Mutualistic disruptions; Mutualistic interactions; Network ecology; Plant facilitation; Plant invasions; Plant-herbivore interactions; Plant-microorganism interactions; Plant-pathogen interactions; Pollinator interactions; Seed dispersal interactions