The world is globalising, and nature is
no exception. More and more plants,
animals and microbes are crossing
barriers and settling in new areas.
The newly published Biological Globalisation is the first book to describe the impacts
of such bio-invasions on nature as well
as on our economy and public health.
Biological globalisation is anything but new. The Mongolian conqueror Kublai Khan, as early as the thirteenth century, was known to collect live trees on his travels and replant them in Beijing. The exotic fungus Phytophthora has threatened European potato harvests since 1845. Since then, the number of deliberate and accidental introductions of exotic species has grown rapidly. Environmental factors such as climate change also play an increasing role.
The new book Biological Globalisation – Bio-invasions and their impacts on nature, the
economy and public health is a thorough and informative overview of all aspects of bioglobalisation. It describes its nature and scope, as well as history, drivers and mechanisms. Using vivid examples, the book addresses which species are likely to become invasive, which biogeographical regions are vulnerable, and whether we can – and should – try to control biological invasions.
Separate chapters address the impacts of biological globalisation on the environment and on our economy. It has brought major blessings to humankind, such as the interchange of crops and livestock species between the Old World and the New World after 1492. But it also has caused disasters to nature, agriculture and public health. In the US, for instance, the yearly economic damage caused by bio-invasions is estimated to be around 120 billion dollars, while even a small country such as the Netherlands suffers an annual loss of 1 to 3 billion euros.
In addition, more
and more invasions of exotic viruses, such as the H5N1 bird flu virus and West Nile virus, are
threatening human lives worldwide.
Biological Globalisation, written by two biologists and a medical epidemiologist, is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the interactions between our planet’s inhabitants. Written in clear, informative and captivating language, the book will appeal to a broad readership.
Countless surprising case studies and photos make the story lively and attractive.
Please follow link for contents: Contents Biological Globalisation
“A book that will stay on my shelf. There is excellent integration of biology, agriculture, medical history, and economics across all types of organisms.”
Sarah Reichard in The Quarterly Review of Biology
“As an interesting compendium for invasion biologists, a possible text for a non-majors course or assigned reading for a seminar, or simply as an introduction to the field of invasion biology, Biological Gobalisation would be a
worthwile purchase; even the price is fairly modest for a commercial European book.”
Daniel Simberloff in Invasion Biology
“Scientists, economists, environmentalists, teachers, public health professionals and even those who simply yearn for an entertaining and informative read will all find this book informative and thougth-provoking.”
Anthony Draper in Australian Journal of Medical Science
“This book, therefore, is not only an important textbook for biologists interested in biogeography, nature conservation or management of natural resources, but also a must for policy makers who develop treaties and legislation for biodiversity and spreading of organisms or phytosanitary, veterinary and public health measures.”
Professor Rudy Rabbinge in Agricultural Systems
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Publisher: KNNV Publishing, The Netherlands
Technical details: 228 pages, 16.7 x 24 cm,
paperback with flaps, full colour
Price: € 49.95
ISBN: 978 90 5011 234 7
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