Table of Contents

Contents; Contributors; Acknowledgement; Preface: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Hogweed, but Were Afraid to Ask!; 1 Taxonomy, Identification, Genetic Relationships and Distribution of Large Heracleum Species in Europe; 2 Heracleum mantegazzianum in its Primary Distribution Range of the Western Greater Caucasus; 3 Historical Dynamics of Heracleum mantegazzianum Invasion at Regional and Local Scales; 4 Reproductive Ecology of Heracleum mantegazzianum; 5 Seed Germination, Dispersal and Seed Bank in Heracleum mantegazzianum; 6 Population Dynamics of Heracleum mantegazzianum 7 Regeneration Ability of Heracleum mantegazzianum and Implications for Control8 Ecological Needs, Habitat Preferences and Plant Communities Invaded by Heracleum mantegazzianum; 9 Impact of Heracleum mantegazzianum on Invaded Vegetation and Human Activities; 10 Seed Ecology of Heracleum mantegazzianum and H. sosnowskyi, Two Invasive Species with Different Distributions in Europe; 1 The Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum is a pernicious invasive species, with significant impact on human health due to its phytoxic sap. From its native area, the Caucasus, it has spread across Europe creating serious environmental and health problems. This book, the output of a. three-year EU project involving 40 European experts, is an authoritative compendium of current knowledge on this amazing invasive plant and will facilitate improved management. It is an invaluable resource for both practitioner and student, and covers topics including taxonomy, genetics, reproduction, population ecology, and invasion dynamics. It also reviews the possibilities of mechanical, chemical and biological control.