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Deliberate introductions of species: Research needs. Benefits can be reaped, but risks are high

Ewel, J.J., O'Dowd, D.J., Bergelson, J., Daehler, C.C., D'Antonio, C.M., Gómez, L.D., Gordon, D.R., Hobbs, R.J., Holt, A., Hopper, K.R., Hughes, C.E., LaHart, M., Leakey, R.R.B., Lee, W.G., Loope, L.L., Lorence, D.H., Louda, S.M., Lugo, A.E., McEvoy, P.B., Richardson, D.M. and Vitousek, P.M. (1999) Deliberate introductions of species: Research needs. Benefits can be reaped, but risks are high. BioScience, 49 (8). pp. 619-630.

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Abstract

The silent invasion of Hawaii by insects, disease organisms, snakes, weeds and other pests is the single greatest threat to Hawaii’s economy and natural environment.... Even one new pest-like the brown tree snake--could forever change the character of our islands. (Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species 1996, P. 1).

Reforestation in the tropics is so vastly behind deforestation that we cannot wait to fully appraise all the potential negative elements of domestication. Weediness is of consequence perhaps in Honolulu, but not in Addis or Delhi. (James Brewbaker, quoted by Hughes 1994, p. 244 ).

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Institute of Biological Sciences
Copyright: 1999 American Institute of Biological Sciences
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4635
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