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Invasive Species - Introduction Pathways, Economic Impact, and Possible Management Options

Hamadttu El-Shafie

King Faisal University


Invasive species Bionomics Ecological adaptation Ecological niche Survival strategies Introduction pathways Early detection Crop losses Disease vectoring Environmental pollution Management of invasive species Natural enemies

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Due to climate change and global warming, numerous invasive alien species have become a real menace to agricultural crops and ornamental plants worldwide. Additionally, they also endanger biological diversity through competition and niche displacement. Many of the invasive insect species vector serious epidemic diseases that represent a high risk for humans and animals. It is extremely difficult and sometimes near to the impossible to completely eradicate invasive species once they have established themselves in a new area. In most cases, exotic species flourish in their new habitat due to prevailing congenial environmental conditions and absence of their natural enemies. Excessive use of pesticides to curb the spread of invasive species lead to environmental pollution and extermination of non-target organisms. The book addresses issues pertaining to introduction pathways of invasive species, their bionomics, dispersal, risk assessment, economic impact, and possible management and control options. University teachers, researchers, students, policy makers, environmental activists, and farmers will benefit from the book.

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Date completed: October 29th 2019

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Hamadttu El-Shafie

King Faisal University

Hamadttu Abdel Farag El-Shafie is an associate professor of entomology and senior research entomologist at the Date Palm Research Center of Excellence, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He is the head of IPM research program in date palm. El-Shafie obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1988 and 1993, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Giessen, Germany in 2001. He was appointed head of Crop Protection Department at University of Khartoum in 2008, and then deputy dean for academic affairs at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Khartoum. He supervised 25 M.Sc. students and 5 Ph.D. students at University of Khartoum. His research interest focuses on management of field crop pests using neem biopesticides, and biology and ecology of date palm pests including mites. He also has interest in control of red palm weevil using semiochemicals. He published 60 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters with international publishers such as Springer, John Wiley and IntechOpen, in addition to more than 25 international conferences in the field of entomology. During the last ten years, he has been reviewing manuscripts for 30 renowned international journals.

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