Asian knotweeds – an example of a raising threat?

Asian knotweeds - un exemple d'une menace qui grandit

Dommanget, F. ; Cavaillé, P. ; Evette, A. ; Martin, F.

Type de document
Chapitre d'ouvrage scientifique
Langue
Anglais
Affiliation de l'auteur
IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR EMGR FRA ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR EMGR FRA ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR EMGR FRA ; IRSTEA GRENOBLE UR EMGR FRA
Année
2016
Résumé / Abstract
The major aim of this book is to create a compilation of chapters highlighting some of the major aspects of the topic of introduced tree species within a European context. There has been a request for such a publication on this topic as the discussions on introduced species are often not objective and are often driven by emotions. The presented findings are based on sound scientific studies as well as on reliable examples from practice. It is also important to state that the development of invasion biology is rapid and certain processes have already reached a ‘point of no return’, which triggered the necessity to develop adaptive management approaches to satisfy the multiple functions that society requests from forests. The chapters included in this book do not exhaustively cover the topic of introduced and invasive tree species across the European continent as it is a very complex topic including multiple themes and subjects. However, we aim to present a selection of issues of current importance, as well as to provide an overview on available knowledge that can be applied or adapted elsewhere. In order to ensure a concise volume of the book, individual chapters are brief focusing only on the major features of the topic they cover. In addition, the book contains Boxes that are short inserts focusing on specific issues that provide supplementary information on particular topics. The readers should keep in mind that there is a considerable variation in the professional background of different authors – some are forestry practitioners actively engaged in forest management, while others are researchers, others are civil servants, and others work for non-governmental agencies focusing on natural sciences. The variety of expertise amongst the authors ranges from nature conservation to forestry, but authors from social sciences and invasion ecology have also contributed. Last, but definitely not least; the book is aimed at readers from a variety of backgrounds. The chapters within this book were written in a style that is accessible to lay persons with an interest in nature, but also that the chapters are interesting, bringing new insights for those with a professional interest in the subject.
Document d'origine
Introduced tree species in European forests: opportunities and challenges. Krumm, F. and Vítková, L. (eds.)
Editeur
European Forest Institute

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