The Global Invasive Species Information Network: What's in it for you?




A well-known article in BioScience— probably the most widely cited scientific study on invasive species in recent years—calculated the annual cost of invasive species in the United States alone at $138 billion per year (Pimentel et al. 2000). The total annual cost of invasive species to human societies worldwide can therefore be estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars, including the costs of control, detrimental effects on human health, and losses in agricultural production and ecosystem services. This enormous sum far exceeds the combined annual cost of all natural disasters (Munich Re Group 2004), making the problem of invasive species in both agricultural and natural ecosystems a high-priority issue. But there is hope for counteracting the invasive species challenge, and much of that hope stems from new strategies being developed for managing information about invasive species and their effects.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The Global Invasive Species Information Network: What's in it for you?
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[0613:TGISIN]2.0.CO;2
Volume 54
Issue 7
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Oxford Academic
Contributing office(s) Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries
Description 2 p.
First page 613
Last page 614
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
Additional publication details