Special Issue "Biological Invasions 2020 Horizon"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Interests: biotic interactions; predator–prey dynamics; invasive species; disturbed ecosystems; islands; peri-urban areas; biological conservation
As we approach 2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, biological invasions remain a serious main threat for biodiversity through a global homogenization process. Currently, there is no saturation in the accumulation curve of alien species introductions worldwide. These recurrent introductions boost the establishment of already widespread species, some being over-competitive and/or effective predators, leading to hybridization and spreading diseases. Insular species are a major preoccupation, as their diversity is disproportionally threatened, but biological invasions cannot be disregarded on mainland. However, we will also pay particular attention to neutral or positive aspects of biological introductions that can occur in some specific circumstances. Studying such interactions can be of high interest to disentangle the often mixed effects of global change components. Many neozoa represent successful species, from which we can learn how species can survive in urban or disturbed environments.
This Special Issue is a perfect opportunity to gather new scientific knowledge, new conservation, and predictive tools to mitigate the global biodiversity loss by prioritizing the areas where management actions are urgently needed according to current and future global changes. To achieve this objective, four axes are of particular importance: (i) prevent new invasions and reinforce legislation by creating “white lists” (to transport only species with no-invasiveness status), (ii) predict future invasions and/or newly invaded areas and pathways with models that can combine different threats (e.g., habitat fragmentation, climate change), (iii) prioritize the management of islands and mainland regions where the impact of biological invasions on native communities is evaluated as the highest, and (iv) improve the management success rate and act at larger scales (archipelagos, regions) in taking advantage of scientific insights and conservation issues thanks to global feedback databases.
Dr. Elsa Bonnaud
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- Prospective models
- Global changes
- Synergetic effects
- Legislation enforcement
- Preventing introductions
- Invasion routes
- Inhabited islands
- Archipelago scale
- Management prioritization
- Feedback databases