Ascidians as models for studying invasion success

Zhan, Aibin, Briski, Elizabeta, Bock, Dan G., Ghabooli, Sara and MacIsaac, Hugh J. (2015) Ascidians as models for studying invasion success Marine Biology, 162 (12). pp. 2449-2470. DOI 10.1007/s00227-015-2734-5.

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During the past three decades, coastal marine waters have become among the most invaded habitats globally. Ascidians are among the most notorious invaders in these ecosystems. Owing to their rapid spread, frequent population outbreaks, and associated negative ecological and economic impacts, invasive ascidians have become a global problem. Thus, the study of ascidian invasions has become a prominent area of invasion biology. Here, we review current knowledge and conclude that ascidians are good models for studying invasion success in the marine realm. Firstly, we summarize the reconstruction of invasion pathways or colonization histories and associated negative impacts of invasive ascidians, and address the urgent need to clarify ambiguous taxonomy of ascidians. Secondly, we discuss factors that underlie or facilitate invasion success of ascidians, including vectors of introduction and spread, environmental changes, biological traits, and possible genetic issues. Finally, we summarize current science-based policies and management solutions that are in place to prevent and control spread of invasive ascidians. We conclude by highlighting key research questions that remain to be answered, and propose future research to investigate mechanisms of invasion success in the marine realm using ascidians as model systems.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Invasion Success; Rock Crab; Invasion Genetic; Invasion History; High Invasion Risk; Ballast Water Exchange; Aquatic Invasive Specie; Invertebrate Specie Richness; Invasion Barrier; Non-indigenous Ascidian; Cryptogenic Specie; Propagule Pressure; Noninvasive Specie; Invasion Stage; Approximate Bayesian Computation
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-N Experimental Ecology - Food Webs
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1007/s00227-015-2734-5
ISSN: 0025-3162
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2015 11:51
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:45

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