Accelerating invasion rate in a highly invaded estuary

Andrew N. Cohen, James T. Carlton

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Abstract

Biological invasions are a major global environmental and economic problem. Analysis of the San Francisco Bay and Delta ecosystem revealed a large number of exotic species that dominate many habitats in terms of number of species, number of individuals and biomass, and a high and accelerating rate of invasion. These factors suggest that this may be the most invaded estuary in the world. Possible causes include a large number and variety of transport vectors, a depauperate native biota, and extensive natural and anthropogenic disturbance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-558
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume279
Issue number5350
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 1998

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