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Invasive plants species are those introduced beyond their natural dispersal barriers by humans that become substantially more abundant in their new ranges (Hierro et al. 2005; Inderjit 2005a). Virtually all appear to have unusually strong impacts on the new environment. Invasive plants have an impact on global biodiversity and ecosystem function, and their management is a complex and formidable task. One of the important questions is: what are the underlying mechanisms for the invasion success? Related to the first question, how can better ecological research help in designing integrated management strategies? Indeed, in-depth understanding of the ecology of plant invasions is crucial for designing strategies for effective management of exotic invaders.
The papers included in this special issue of Biological Invasionswere selected to represent a wide range of ecosystems experiencing the problem of biological invasions. These papers also reflect how detailed understanding...
The special issue is a outcome of the International Symposium, “Biology, Ecology and Management of World’s Worst Plant Invasive Species” organized by the Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE) at the University of Delhi from 10 to 14 December 2006. A large number of internationally renowned experts of invasion ecology and chemical ecology attended the symposium. Some of the invited speakers attending the symposium were: Ian T. Baldwin (Germany), Jessica Gurevitch (USA), Heinz Müller-Schärer (Switzerland), Steve Duke (USA), Leslie Weston (USA), Dave Mortensen (USA), R. Charudattan (USA), Steve Radosevich (USA), Sean McMahon (USA), Bob Blackshaw (Canada), Neil Harker (Canada), Azim Mallik (Canada), C. H. Kong (China), Yu-Long Feng (China), Hanwen Ni (China), Silong Wang (China), Zheng Yongquan (China), R. Labrada (Italy), A. Uludag (Turkey) and Ayse Yazlik (Turkey). Suzanne Mekking, senior editor of Biological Sciences, Springer, also participated in the proceedings of the symposium. Each manuscript was peer reviewed by two or more experts. I thank the following reviewers for their efforts in improving the quality of the manuscript and helping me make decision about the manuscripts: David Chapman, K. Neil Harker, Jennifer Ruesink, Curt Daehler, Heinz Müller-Schärer, Jessica Gurevitch, Scott Meiners, Don Weller, Michael Stastiny, Dean Pearson, Tom Dudley, Lloyd Loope, Julie Lockwood, John Rice, Dhileepan, Sarah Emery, Danna Blumenthal, Mark Davis, Catherine Jarnevich, Sean McMahon, Sarah Brunel, John Hoffman, Judy Meyers, Charles Mitchell, Naomi Cappucinio, Leslie Weston, Anne Osbourn, Tim Seastedt, M. J. Germino, Helen Murphy, Jodie Holt, Amy Blair, Oliver Bossdorf, Ken Thompson, Jeff Weidenhamer, Martin A. Nuñez, Lara Souza, Ruth Haufbauer, Frank Klingenstein, Marc Cadotte, Laura Perry, Gritta Schrader, Helena Freitas, Tom Stohlgren and Betsy von Holle. I extend my thanks to James Drake, Suzanne Mekking and Martine van Bezooijen for their help in doing this special issue of Biological Invasions. Finally, I thank the University of Delhi for providing all support to organize the above-mentioned International Symposium on biological invasions.
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