Special Issue "Ecology of Invasive Aquatic Plants"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Raymond Newman
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Guest Editor
University of Minnesota Twin Cities, St. Paul, United States
Interests: aquatic ecology, invasive species, ecology and management of aquatic macrophytes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Invasive aquatic plants are a global problem, presenting one of the major threats to freshwater biodiversity, altering water quality, causing substantial economic harm, and impairing human use and aesthetics. The development of effective strategies to prevent introductions, limit spread, and to control established invasives requires an understanding of the ecology of these invasive species, and the factors that limit and promote their success. Although there have been recent collections of articles that address aquatic invasive species, the ecology of aquatic macrophytes, or the management of aquatic weeds, there has not been a collection that focuses on the ecology of invasive aquatic plants.  This Special Issue will provide a forum to present new and synthetic research on the ecology of invasive macrophytes. Topics of interest include the factors that influence or determine spread and establishment, invasiveness, habitat suitability or invasibility, competition with native aquatic plants, and biotic and abiotic factors that limit the success of introduced aquatic macrophytes. Scales of interest can range from local to global, physiological ecology to community and ecosystem interactions, or invasions genetics and evolution of invasiveness. Papers that address the control and management of aquatic invasive plants are also welcome, if they provide or utilize new ecological insights or principles.

Prof. Raymond Newman
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Aquatic macrophytes
  • Invasive aquatic plants
  • Littoral zone ecology
  • Invasion biology
  • Community ecology
  • Physiological ecology
  • Non-indigenous plants
  • Introduced invasive alien aquatic plants (IAAPs)
  • Exotic species
  • Freshwater
  • Biotic resistance
  • Propagule pressure
  • Diversity
  • Competition
  • Predation
  • Invasion genetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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