Biological invasions belowground-earthworms as invasive species.- Dispersal and clonal diversity of North-European parthenogenetic earthworms.- Lumbricid earthworm invasion in the Carpathian Mountains and some other sites in Romania.- Invasion patterns of Lumbricidae into the previously earthworm-free areas of northeastern Europe and the western Great Lakes region of North America.- Earthworm invasion into previously earthworm-free temperate and boreal forests.- Earthworm invasions in the tropics.- Earthworm invasions of ecosystems devoid of earthworms: effects on soil microbes.- The influence of invasive earthworms on indigenous fauna in ecosystems previously uninhabited by earthworms.- Invasion of exotic earthworms into ecosystems inhabited by native earthworms.- Introduced earthworms in agricultural and reclaimed land: their ecology and influences on soil properties, plant production and other soil biota.- Policy and management responses to earthworm invasions in North America.
The papers in this book are based on efforts by an international group of soil ecologists to assess the biological and ecological mechanisms of earthworm invasions. They examine their geographic extent and impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, and possible means by which earthworm invasions might be mitigated. The book broadens the discussion on invasion biology and ecology to belowground systems.
Considers possible strategies for preventing and mitigating earthworm invasions
Broadens the discussion on invastion biology and ecology to belowground systems
Explores mechanisms and impacts of invasions by an important group of 'ecosystem engineers'