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Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports into America

Author(s): Leland, J.

Year: 2005

Publisher: Columbia: University of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570035822

Subject: Invasive Plants, Natural History

Comments: From Amazon.com Aliens live among us. Thousands of species of nonnative flora and fauna have taken up residence within U.S. borders. Our lawns sprout African grasses, our roadsides flower with European weeds, and our homes harbor Asian, European, and African pests. Misguided enthusiasts deliberately introduced carp, kudzu, and starlings. And the American cowboy spread such alien life forms as cows, horses, tumbleweed, and anthrax, supplanting and supplementing the often unexpected ways "Native" Americans influenced the environment. Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports into America recounts the origins and impacts of these and other nonindigenous species on our environment and pays overdue tribute to the resolve of nature to survive in the face of challenge and change.

Last Updated: 2007-01-01

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