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Biological Invasions

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 809–812 | Cite as

Two new French books about invasions

Vincent Albouy: Étonnants Envahisseurs: Ces Espèces Venues d’Ailleurs. Éditions Quæ, Versailles, 2017, 160 pp, €16, paperback, ISBN: 978-2-7592-2661-0 Guillaume Fried: Guide des Plantes Invasives (2nd ed.). Belin, Paris, 2017, 304 pp, € 21, paperback, ISBN: 978-2-410-00417-5
  • Daniel Simberloff
Book Review

Although most (but not all) journal articles on invasions published recently by the French are in English, several recent books are not—e.g., Lefeuvre (2013), Tassin (2014), Sarat et al. (2015) and Branquart and Fried (2015). Two new volumes add to this list.

Albouy, an entomologist, aims for a lay readership including young adults and treats briefly most aspects of the invasion phenomenon, including a short history of invasion biology, the tens rule, lag times, the enemy release hypothesis, the passenger-driver metaphor, novel weapons, spontaneous invasion collapse, eradication, hybridization between natives and invaders, and many other topics that would be found in recent comprehensive monographs or textbooks. His approach in most cases is engaging, with a few interesting examples to lead to a general conclusion—e.g., that species traits alone cannot predict whether a newly arrived nonnative will become invasive, or that disturbance often paves the way for a non-invasive population...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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