Virtual Issue: Key Perspectives in the Management of Biological Invasions

Edited by Philip E. Hulme

A key strategic aim of the Journal of Applied Ecology is to increase both the authorship and readership of the journal from Asia, and we are working proactively to achieve this. In this regard the Editorial board of the Journal of Applied Ecology have been closely involved in the planning of the first International Congress on Biological Invasions held in China. The Congress, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and CAB International (CABI), will take place in Fuzhou in November 2009. The rapid economic development in China and growth in international trade over the last decades has led to biological invasions becoming an increasingly high profile issue in China. As a dominant exporter of commodities across the globe, China is widely regarded as a potentially significant source of invasive organisms but at the same time the number of new pests and diseases entering China is closely tied to economic growth (see Editorial in Volume 46 (1):10-18, February 2009).

To coincide with the Congress, and also to bring applied perspectives in the management of invasive species to a wider readership, the Journal of Applied Ecology is launching a Virtual Issue presenting the 20 most cited papers the journal has published in this field in the last 5 years. A key strategic aim of the journal is to increase both the authorship and readership of the journal from China, and we are working proactively to achieve this. Nevertheless, we have received few submissions from China addressing the applied perspectives of managing invasive species. We are very keen to hear from scientists carrying out the most exciting and influential research in this region about any initiatives that they feel could help them engage more fully with the journal. We hope the Congress will act as a catalyst for excellent applied research and look forward in publishing the best research from China in the pages of our journal.

Philip E. Hulme, Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology

Read the introduction and article list for this Virtual Issue translated into Simplified Chinese here.

Ecosystem perspectives | Quantifying impacts | Pathways | Managing spread and dispersal | Species eradication and control

Ecosystem perspectives

Beyond control: wider implications for the management of biological invasions
Philip E. Hulme

Using ecological restoration to constrain biological invasion
Jonathan D. Bakker and Scott D. Wilson

Soil history as a primary control on plant invasion in abandoned agricultural fields
Andrew Kulmatiski, Karen H. Beard and John M. Stark

Impacts of restoration treatments on alien plant invasion in Pinus ponderosa forests, Montana, USA
Erich K. Dodson and Carl E. Fiedler

Quantifying impacts

Assessing the impact of Impatiens glandulifera on riparian habitats: partitioning diversity components following species removal
Philip E. Hulme and Eleanor T. Bremner

Can commercially imported bumble bees out-compete their native conspecifics?
T. C. Ings, N. L. Ward and L. Chittka

Habitat invasions by alien plants: a quantitative comparison among Mediterranean, subcontinental and oceanic regions of Europe
Milan Chytrý, Lindsay C. Maskell, Joan Pino, Petr Pyšek, Montserrat Vilà, Xavier Font and Simon M. Smart


Grasping at the routes of biological invasions: a framework for integrating pathways into policy
Philip E. Hulme, S. Bacher, M. Kenis, S. Klotz, I. Kühn, D. Minchin, W. Nentwig, S. Olenin, V. Panov, J. Pergl, P. Pyšek, A. Roques, D. Sol, W. Solarz and M. Vilà

Development of inland lakes as hubs in an invasion network
Jim R. Muirhead and Hugh J. Macisaac

Artificial marine structures facilitate the spread of a non-indigenous green alga, Codium fragile ssp tomentosoides, in the north Adriatic Sea
Fabio Bulleri and Laura Airoldi

Modelling global insect pest species assemblages to determine risk of invasion
S. P. Worner and Muriel Gevrey

Managing spread and dispersal

Management of plant invasions mediated by frugivore interactions
Yvonne M. Buckley, Sandra Anderson, Carla P. Catterall, Richard T. Corlett, Thomas Engel, Carl R. Gosper, Ran Nathan, David M. Richardson, Melissa Setter, Orr Spiegel, Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, Friederike A. Voigt, Jacqueline E. S. Weir and David A. Westcott

Slowing down a pine invasion despite uncertainty in demography and dispersal
Yvonne M. Buckley, Eckehard Brockerhoff, Lisa Langer, Nicholas Ledgard, Heather North and Mark Rees

Temporal and spatial dynamics of long-distance Conyza canadensis seed dispersal
Joseph T. Dauer, David A. Mortensen and Mark J. Vangessel

Aerial photographs as a tool for assessing the regional dynamics of the invasive plant species Heracleum mantegazzianum
Jana Müllerová, Petr Pyšek, VojtÄ›ch Jarošík and Jan Pergl

Species eradication and control

Evaluating the impact of a biological control agent Carmenta mimosa on the woody wetland weed Mimosa pigra in Australia
Quentin Paynter

Defining eradication units to control invasive pests
Bruce C. Robertson and Neil J. Gemmell

Stable coexistence of an invasive plant and biocontrol agent: a parameterized coupled plant-herbivore model
Yvonne M. Buckley, Mark Rees, Andrew W. Sheppard and Matthew J. Smyth

Finding optimal control strategies for invasive species: a density-structured model for Spartina alterniflora
Caz M. Taylor and Alan Hastings

Effects of timing of prescribed fire on the demography of an invasive plant, spotted knapweed Centaurea maculosa
Sarah M. Emery and Katherine L. Gross

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