18. Elton's insights into the ecology of ant invasions: lessons learned and lessons still to be learned

  1. David M. Richardson
  1. Nathan J. Sanders1 and
  2. Andrew V. Suarez2

Published Online: 30 NOV 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329988.ch18

Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton

Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton

How to Cite

Sanders, N. J. and Suarez, A. V. (2010) Elton's insights into the ecology of ant invasions: lessons learned and lessons still to be learned, in Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton (ed D. M. Richardson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329988.ch18

Editor Information

  1. Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 7602 Matieland, South Africa

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA

  2. 2

    Departments of Entomology and Animal Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335859

Online ISBN: 9781444329988

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Keywords:

  • poster-child invaders - then and now;
  • Elton's Insights into Ecology of Ant Invasions - lessons learned and lessons still to be learned;
  • Charles Elton's (1958) classic book, The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants - case studies of biological invasions;
  • new food chains for old;
  • Argentine ant, caused dramatic reductions - in diversity of ants;
  • balance between populations;
  • ecological resistance and role of disturbance;
  • Elton's focus on Argentine ant - still is the best-studied invasive ant species;
  • climate, influencing - distribution of invasive ant species;
  • invasive species, leading cause of population - and species-level extinctions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Invaders

  • New Food Chains for Old

  • The Balance Between Populations

  • Ecological Resistance and the Role of Disturbance

  • Standing on Elton's Shoulders

  • Acknowledgements

  • References