Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

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Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Montreal, Canada, 19-23 April 2009.

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This proceedings contains 13 papers presented at the 2009 Montreal International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS). The issue include three papers on invasive tunicates, on the diverse topics of habitat, genetic studies and visual search methods. Another paper forecasts the expansion of the invasive golden mussel Limnoperna fortunei in Brazilian and North American rivers based on its occurrence in South America. Sandodden and Johnsen (2010) present their research on eradication of introduced signal crayfish (Pasifastacus leniusculus) using a pharmaceutical. There are three invasive fish papers; one is on the present state of the eastern mudminnow Umbra pygmaea in Europe; the second is on evaluation of the impacts of the invasive catfish (Hoplosternum littorale) on aquatic macroinvertebrates, while the third looks at the non-native fishes of Belarus, including a risk classification. The shipping session of the ICAIS conference is represented by two ballast water papers, one on redistribution of heterotrophic prokaryotes, and the second on microbial hitchhikers. A combination of ecological and biomolecular research is presented in the paper on the use of different sized Dreissena polymorpha as sentinels of human pathogens in lake water. Finally, there are two education and outreach papers which demonstrate how information on aquatic invasive species can be presented to the non-scientific community.