Virtual Issue: Invasive Species

Edited by Manuela González-Suárez and Pablo González-Moreno

March 2017

Invasive species represent a serious conservation and social problem. The abundance and geographical distribution of invasive organisms continues to increase globally and considerable efforts are currently devoted to better understand the current and potential invasive species and their impacts, as well as to explore which are the most effective management actions and policy decisions to prevent further problems. This virtual issue showcases recent work on invasive species published in the journals of the British Ecological Society. We grouped these studies into three non-exclusive themes that showcase the latest approaches to understand and manage invasive species.

A first theme is defined by papers that focus on characterizing what makes the perfect invasive species (invasiveness). These studies go beyond trait comparisons and explore changes in population dynamics, the role of genetic mixture, and the evolution of adaptations, also presenting new modelling approaches and improved datasets.

A second theme includes studies which address impacts on ecological processes. These papers evaluate the effects of invasives on species interactions (particularly of plants with herbivores, pollinators, and soil mutualistic fungi), explore broad scale ecosystem and community impacts, propose new metrics, and characterize the synergistic consequences of combined impacts like climate change and invasives.

The final theme includes studies that focus on management. These publications present new and more robust decision tools, showcase the application of methods like e-DNA sampling and spatial-explicit models to manage invasives across different stages, particularly establishment and spread, and highlight the importance of considering social costs and benefits and of engaging with practitioners. 


Functional Ecology

Plant traits and plant biogeography control the biotic resistance provided by generalist herbivores
Bart M.C. Grutters, Yvonne O.A. Roijendijk, Wilco C.E.P. Verberk and Elisabeth S. Bakker

Plant functional shifts in the invaded range: a test with reciprocal forest invaders of Europe and North America
J. Mason Heberling, Thomas Kichey, Guillaume Decocq and Jason D. Fridley

Journal of Animal Ecology

The long-term population dynamics of common wasps in their native and invaded range
Philip J. Lester, John Haywood, Michael E. Archer and Chris R. Shortall

Parasites and genetic diversity in an invasive bumblebee
Catherine M. Jones and Mark J. F. Brown

Genetic mixture of multiple source populations accelerates invasive range expansion
Natalie K. Wagner, Brad M. Ochocki, Kerri M. Crawford, Aldo Compagnoni and Tom E.X. Miller

Journal of Applied Ecology

Assessing patterns in introduction pathways of alien species by linking major invasion data bases
Wolf-Christian Saul, Helen E. Roy, Olaf Booy, Lucilla Carnevali, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Piero Genovesi, Colin A. Harrower, Philip E. Hulme, Shyama Pagad, Jan Pergl and Jonathan M. Jeschke

Journal of Ecology

Disentangling the four demographic dimensions of species invasiveness
Jane A. Catford, John B. Baumgartner, Peter A. Vesk, Matt White, Yvonne M. Buckley and Michael A. McCarthy

Invasive plant species are locally adapted just as frequently and at least as strongly as native plant species
Ayub M.O. Oduor, Roosa Leimu and Mark van Kleunen

Impacts on ecological processes

Functional Ecology

Exotic invasive plants alter thermal regimes: implications for management using a case study of a native ectotherm
Evin T. Carter, Bryan C. Eads, Michael J. Ravesi and Bruce A. Kingsbury

Direct interactions between invasive plants and native pollinators: evidence, impacts and approaches
Jane C. Stout and Erin Jo Tiedeken

Journal of Animal Ecology

Warming can enhance invasion success through asymmetries in energetic performance
Marcin R. Penk, Jonathan M. Jeschke, Dan Minchin and Ian Donohue

Rat eradication and the resistance and resilience of passerine bird assemblages in the Falkland Islands
Michael A. Tabak, Sally Poncet, Ken Passfield, Jacob R. Goheen and Carlos Martinez del Rio

Journal of Applied Ecology

Invader Relative Impact Potential: a new metric to understand and predict the ecological impacts of existing, emerging and future invasive alien species
Jaimie T.A. Dick, Ciaran Laverty, Jack J. Lennon, Daniel Barrios-O'Neill, Paul J. Mensink, J. Robert Britton, Vincent Médoc, Pieter Boets, Mhairi E. Alexander, Nigel G. Taylor, Alison M. Dunn, Melanie J. Hatcher, Paula J. Rosewarne, Steven Crookes, Hugh J. MacIsaac, Meng Xu, Anthony Ricciardi, Ryan J. Wasserman, Bruce R. Ellender, Olaf L.F. Weyl, Frances E. Lucy, Peter B. Banks, Jennifer A. Dodd, Calum MacNeil, Marcin R. Penk, David C. Aldridge and Joseph M. Caffrey

Journal of Ecology

Evolution of plant defences along an invasion chronosequence: defence is lost due to enemy release – but not forever
Michal Gruntman, Udi Segev, Gaétan Glauser and Katja Tielbörger

Do native and invasive plants differ in their interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi? A meta-analysis
Rebecca A. Bunn, Philip W. Ramsey and Ylva Lekberg

The tortoise and the hare: reducing resource availability shifts competitive balance between plant species
Dean E. Pearson, Yvette K. Ortega and John L. Maron


Journal of Applied Ecology

Invasive species management will benefit from social impact assessment
Sarah L. Crowley, Steve Hinchliffe and Robbie A. McDonald

Environmental DNA (eDNA) detects the invasive rusty crayfish Orconectes rusticus at low abundances
Matthew M. Dougherty, Eric R. Larson, Mark A. Renshaw, Crysta A. Gantz, Scott P. Egan, Daniel M. Erickson and David M. Lodge

Prioritizing eradication actions on islands: it's not all or nothing
Kate J. Helmstedt, Justine D. Shaw, Michael Bode, Aleks Terauds, Keith Springer, Susan A. Robinson and Hugh P. Possingham

Enhanced yeast feeding following mating facilitates control of the invasive fruit pest Drosophila suzukii
Boyd A. Mori, Alix B. Whitener, Yannick Leinweber, Santosh Revadi, Elizabeth H. Beers, Peter Witzgall and Paul G. Becher

Optimizing confirmation of invasive species eradication with rapid eradication assessment
James C. Russell, Hannah R. Binnie, Jimmy Oh, Dean P. Anderson and Araceli Samaniego-Herrera

Estimating non-indigenous species establishment and their impact on biodiversity, using the Relative Suitability Richness model
Brian Leung and Johanna Bradie

Cost and feasibility of a barrier to halt the spread of invasive cane toads in arid Australia: incorporating expert knowledge into model-based decision-making
Darren Southwell, Reid Tingley, Michael Bode, Emily Nicholson and Ben L. Phillips

Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Distribution, demography and dispersal model of spatial spread of invasive plant populations with limited data
Vanessa M. Adams, Aaron M. Petty, Michael M. Douglas, Yvonne M. Buckley, Keith B. Ferdinands, Tomoko Okazaki, Dongwook W. Ko and Samantha A. Setterfield

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