3828 Biological Invasions Elevating Ecological and Socioeconomic Challenges

Friday, February 18, 2011: 3:30 PM
140B (Washington Convention Center )
Peter Raven , Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO
Biological invasions have been drastically increasing around the world due to rapidly expanded trade and travel. They have shaped the structure and functioning of many distant coupled human and natural systems. Besides declines in native species and many other ecological consequences, biological invasions have led to increased socioeconomic costs, such as enormous negative impacts on agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.