Aquatic, Wetland, and Invasive Plant Textbooks
Bronmark, C., Hansson, L. 1998. The Biology of Lakes and Ponds.
Swedish researchers, the focus is on “the general patterns in adaptations and processes among
organisms of lakes and ponds”, patterns which apply to lakes throughout the world. The
authors especially seek to present “what we think is interesting and important to know for an
aquatic ecologist at the begining of his or her career.”
Brundu, G., J. Brock, I. Camarda, L. Child and M. Wade, eds. 2001. Plant Invasions
Invasive Alien Plants, 13-16 October 1999, held in Sardinia, Italy. While the book addresses
general questions on invasive plants, the book’s main value is its presentation of case studies on
the ecology of individual species. Four categories of case studies include I: Species; II: Invasive
plants in protected areas; III: Habitats, biotopes, regions; and IV: Invasive plant
More than 30 terrestrial and aquatic species are treated, including North American species
Caffrey, J., Barrett, P.R.F., Ferreira, M.T., et al. 1999. Biology, Ecology and
Weed Research Society,
and reprinted from Hydrobiologia Vol. 415 (1999), this is not technically a textbook. However,
it is a compilation of
papers by the world’s experts on aquatic plants. Sections include Biology and Distribution;
Ecology; Invasive Aquatic
and Riparian Plants; and Management.
publication of the British Ecological Society. An impressive array of contributors.
Cronk, J.K., M.S. Fennessy. 2001. Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology.
professionals, teachers and students. It might also serve as a text for upper-level college courses.
Its various parts comprise a synthesis of the current knowledge on wetland plants and their
communities. Part I includes an introduction to wetland plants; definitions and functions of the
types of wetland plant communities including saline, brackish and freshwater systems; and an
overview of physical aspects of wetland environments including hydrology and sediment
conditions. Part II is about plant adaptations to wetland growth conditions including hypoxia,
anoxia, salt concentrations, nutrient limitations, submergence and herbivory; reproduction
mechanisms and seedling adaptations; and special structures for asexual reproduction. Part III
explains primary productivity; discusses community dynamics elements such as succession,
competition, allelo-pathy and disturbance; and presents case studies of several major invasive
plants. Part IV describes wetland restoration and creation of artificial wetlands, with case studies;
and explains how wetland plants may be used as indicators of wetland boundaries and ecological
Cronk, Q.C.B., J.L. Fuller. 2001 Plant Invaders — The Threat to Natural
descriptions of plant invasions, how they occur, and what is done about them. Among other
things, this “conservation manual” is intended to “provide information which will assist botanists
and others to undertake practical conservation work.” It also contains reviews of 17 invasive
species around the world, including their description, distribution, invasiveness, and control and
Elton, C.S. 1958/2000. The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants.
In 1958, when first published, this book was “the bible for practitioners of a burgeoning
Writing in layman’s language, Elton describes the invasion and effects of organisms invading
Giller, P.S., Malmqvist. 1998. The Biology of Streams and Rivers.
This book, a comprehensive overview written as an undergraduate text, provides more than a
Hemminga, M.A., C.M. Duarte. 2000. Seagrass Ecology — An
fascinating group of plants, and gives a broad overview of the present state of knowledge,
including recent progress in research and current research foci, complemented by extensive
literature references to guide the reader to more detailed studies. As such it will be valuable to
students of marine biology, and will be an excellent source of information to managers of coastal
areas that harbour seagrasses.”
Hogarth, P.J. 2000. The Biology of Mangroves.
environment, reproductive adaptations; the mangrove ecosystem, form, zonation; the mangrove
community, terrestrial components, including associated plants and animals (“insects, spiders,
vertebrates”); the mangrove community, marine components, including algae, root fauna,
crustacea, molluscs and fish; measuring and modelling mangroves; comparisons and
connections, biodiversity and biogeography; impacts and uses, mangroves and pollution,
hurricanes, rehabilitation and climate change.
The book comes complete with an extensive bibliography, web site listing, recommended
Hook, D.D., McKee, W.H., Smith, H.K., Gregory, J. et al., Eds. 1988. The Ecology and Management of Wetlands, Volume 1: Ecology of Wetlands. Croom Helm, London & Sydney, Timber Press, Portland, OR. 592 pp.y.
Hutchinson, G.E. 1975. A Treatise on Limnology. Vol. III.
Keddy, P.A. 2000. Wetland Ecology – Principles and Conservation. 614
tries “to provide some unity and coherence in the study of wetland ecology” by providing “a
synthesis of the existing field of wetland ecology”.
Besides including an excellent and readable overview of wetlands, this book contains chapters
Working Group on Aquatic Weeds. The book is divided into three main parts: concepts,
and characteristics of aquatic weeds; the management of aquatic weeds; and the present status of
aquatic weed problems on various continents.
Raghavendra, A.S., editor. 2000. Photosynthesis – A Comprehensive
spans the broad range of the topic within a single volume…” Part I includes seven chapters on the
cell and molecular biology of chloroplasts — structure; light-harvesting complexes; photo-systems I and II; pigments; chloroplast proteins; plastid genes; and electron transport. Part II
includes eight chapters on physiology and biochemistry — carbon reduction; C4 pathway;
crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM); intermediate photosynthesis; starch-sucrose metabolism;
photorespiration; non-carbohydrate compounds; and respiration and nitrogen metabolism. Part III
is about agronomy and environmental factors — canopy photosynthesis and crop productivity;
water and salt stress; photosynthesis at low temperatures; acclimation to sun and shade;
photoinhibition; effects of global climate change. Part IV includes special topics — evolution;
modelling; chlorophyll fluorescence; action of modern herbicides; and biotechnology.
introduction to aquatic environments, biology of aquatic plants, and aquatic plants in relation to
humans, including a section on the control of aquatic weeds. Although about thirty common
aquatic plants are identified, this is not an identification manual.
defined as lakes that can have large colonies of macrophytes and where the entire water column
is frequently mixed (polymictic lakes). This books “presents a theoretical framework for
understanding the dynamics of shallow lake communities”, and includes mathemateical models
and analyses. It is meant to be accessible to theoretical ecologists, as well as to lake managers,
field biologists, and students. Chapters include The story of some shallow lakes; The
abiotic environment; Phytoplankton; Trophic cascades; Vegetation; Managing the
ecosystem: and a final chapter on The limits of knowledge. Some
topics covered include storm effects on Lake Apopka; how light behaves under water;
resuspension of sedimentation; competition between algae and cyanobacteria; the effect of
planktivorous fish; effects of vegetation on turbidity; nutrient management, and many other
biology of freshwater and marine vascular plants.” Although written primarily for undergraduate
and graduate students, the author hoped the book also would be useful to teachers and
researchers in the field of aquatic biology.
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Shine, C., N. Williams and L. Gundling. 2000. Legal and Institutional Frameworks
policy-makers with practical information and guidance for developing or strengthening legal and
institutional frameworks on alien invasive species, consistent with Article 8(h) of the Convention
on Biological Diversity.”
genetic impacts; discussion of current international law and trade agreements, with alien species
examples; relationship between international and national frameworks; measures to prevent or
minimise unwanted introductions; developing legal tools for non-native species control and
support of native biodiversity; and measures to promote accountability. The book also contains a
table of legal instruments and provisions.
wetlands, their plant and animal life, and their hydric soils. It is written in a nontechnical style,
but may be used as a textbook for courses in wetlands or environmental science.
ecology, status and trends, and contains chapters on hydrology; soils; vegetation; wildlife;
formation; functions; values; causes of wetland loss; and wetland protection. The Wetland
Identification Guide is a field guide to 300 wetland plants, 200 wetland animals, and soils.