BooksMarine Ecology

Frontline View of an Invasion

Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1762
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1762

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Killer Algae The True Tale of a Biological Invasion. Alexandre Meinesz. translated by Daniel Simberloff. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999. 376 pp. $25, £17.50. ISBN 0-226-51922-8.

Meinesz offers a personal account of the biological and political history of the spread of Caulerpa taxifolia after it appeared in the Mediterranean in the early 1980s. He highlights the factors that thwarted his struggles to stem the invasion.