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      Impacts of biological invasions: what's what and the way forward.

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          Study of the impacts of biological invasions, a pervasive component of global change, has generated remarkable understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of the spread of introduced populations. The growing field of invasion science, poised at a crossroads where ecology, social sciences, resource management, and public perception meet, is increasingly exposed to critical scrutiny from several perspectives. Although the rate of biological invasions, elucidation of their consequences, and knowledge about mitigation are growing rapidly, the very need for invasion science is disputed. Here, we highlight recent progress in understanding invasion impacts and management, and discuss the challenges that the discipline faces in its science and interactions with society.

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          Journal
          Trends Ecol Evol
          Trends in ecology & evolution
          Elsevier BV
          1872-8383
          0169-5347
          Jan 2013
          : 28
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA. dsimberloff@utk.edu
          Article
          S0169-5347(12)00174-7
          10.1016/j.tree.2012.07.013
          22889499
          6e9e4881-7625-4314-b949-f287a75b3209
          Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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