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SIL 2016 Congress

31 July - 5 August 2016, Torino, Italy

Special Session SS34: Alien species ecological impacts: from genomics to macroecology

Alien species are considered one of the major threats to ecosystems and to endangered species and are extremely difficult to be managed after their establishment. Therefore, scientific efforts should be directed to understand the mechanisms underlying alien species success. To this respect, making data and tools readily available, through appropriate activities of e-Science, appears crucial to address emerging issues and open up new perspectives for a better understanding and wiser conservation and management of biodiversity. Within this context, LifeWatch, the European Virtual Biodiversity Research Infrastructure, has the commitment to become a reference for researchers, policy makers and public authorities. Recently, it has promoted a European-level case study designed to assess the vulnerability of ecosystems to alien species. LifeWatch endorses this SIL session, with the aim to contribute achieving a better understanding and managing of biological invasions, along different perspectives, from genomics to macroecology. Three main issues will be addressed, from single species, to individual populations and whole ecosystems: i) the state of the art of biological invasion in freshwaters, ii) the comparison across typologies (from inland to coastal marine aquatic ecosystems), iii) the e-Science approach to alien species impacts.

Selected papers presented at this special session will be published in the special issue of the international open access journal Aquatic Invasions.

Angela Boggero, CNR - Institute of Ecosystem Study, Italy, a.boggero@ise.cnr.it
Monica Santamaria, CNR - Istituto di Biomembrane e Bioenergetica, Italy, m.santamaria@ibbe.cnr.it
Alberto Basset, Università del Salento, Italy, alberto.basset@unisalento.it

Abstracts should be submitted by extended deadline on February 15, 2016 (http://www.sil2016.it).

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