ALLDORF & LUNDQUIST 2003:
Invasion by nonindigenous species has been recognized as second only to loss of habitat and landscape fragmentation as a threat to global biodiversity (Walker & Steffen 1997 ). The economic impact of these species is a major concern throughout the world. For example, an estimated 50,000 nonindigenous species established in the United States cause major environmental damage and economic losses that total over an estimated U.S.$125 billion per year (Pimentel et al. 2000). Management and control of nonindigenous species is perhaps the biggest challenge that conservation biologists will face in the next few decades.
Dr Richard Knight Co-ordinator: National Information Society Learnerships - Ecological Informatics
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