Feral Future: The Untold Story of Australia's Exotic Invaders
A decade ago, Tim Low journeyed to the remote northernmost tip of Australia. Instead of the pristine rain forests he expected, he found jungles infested with Latin American carpet grass and feral cattle. That incident helped inspire Feral Future, a passionate account of the history and implications of invasive species in that island nation, with consequences for ecological communities around the globe.
Australia is far from alone in facing horrific ecological and economic damage from invading plants and animals, and in Low's capable hands, Australia's experiences serve as a wake-up call for all of us. He covers how invasive species like cane toads and pond apple got to Australia (often through misguided but intentional introductions) and what we can do to stop them. He also covers the many pests that Australia has exported to the world, including the paperbark tree (Melaleuca) that infests hundreds of thousands of acres in south Florida.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lavonardo - LibraryThing
A thorough analysis of Australia's problems with invasive species. The message is clear, as are the descriptions of "acclimatization history". The book has quite a bit of repetition, and would have ... Read full review
Feral FutureUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
Tim Low is the author of Bush Tucker and Wild Food Plants of Australia (both HarperCollins). In Feral Future he talks of the exotic species - plant, animal, virus, marine organism, bird, reptile ... Read full review
SETTING THE STAGE
INVASION BY STEALTH
Ballast Blues Something in the Water
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Phytophthoras Curse
The Sick and Dying Exotic Diseases Strike
The Price of Free Trade Opening the Door to Invasions
AUSTRALIANS AS PESTS
The Ultimate Pest Our Destructive Ways
WHERE ARE WE HEADED?
Expanding and Infilling Pests Old and New Tighten Their Grip
Sleepers Wake The Pests that Bide Their Time
Knocking at the Door The Next Wave of Invaders
Whither the Wet Tropics? A Hot Wet Case Study
The Homogocene Visiting the Future
The New Architects Redesigning the Land
A Source of Perverse Pride Australianising the World
Colonial Revenge British Wallabies and Budgerigars
Ecologically Entwined Australians in New Zealand
Colouring the Landscape Our Animals Abroad
Inheriting a Degraded World Exporting Our Flora
Its Civil War Natives can be Pests Too
A ROGUES GALLERY
The Shuffled Pack An Alien Whos Who
Seizing the Advantage Exotic Roads to Success
Scoundrels or Scapegoats?
Where the Deer and the Antelope Roam Hoofed Introductions
Cryptogenic World Native or Not?
It Happens Naturally Invasion as Natural Process
THINKING AND ACTING
Seeking Magic Bullets Biocontrol Often Misses the Mark
The Quarantine Quandary AQIS Wields a Small Sword
Are We Blind? Barriers to Enlightenment