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Biological Invasions

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 1667–1672

First Online: 18 January 2017Received: 21 July 2016Accepted: 19 December 2016DOI: 10.1007-s10530-016-1355-3

Cite this article as: Dick, J.T.A., Alexander, M.E., Ricciardi, A. et al. Biol Invasions 2017 19: 1667. doi:10.1007-s10530-016-1355-3


We contend that invasion ecology requires a universal, measurable trait of species and their interactions with resources that predicts key elements of invasibility and ecological impact; here, we advocate that functional responses can help achieve this across taxonomic and trophic groups, among habitats and contexts, and can hence help unify disparate research interests in invasion ecology.

KeywordsFunctional responses Resource use Impact prediction Predator–prey Invasion hypotheses Species-traits Biological control Context-dependency Risk assessment 

Author: Jaimie T. A. Dick - Mhairi E. Alexander - Anthony Ricciardi - Ciaran Laverty - Paul O. Downey - Meng Xu - Jonathan M. 



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