Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ISEBI (Individual Specialisation in Established Biological Invasions: importance and Ecological Impact)
Reporting period: 2017-12-01 to 2019-11-30
Additional lines of invesigation and enquiry have also been established with state-of-the-art adn wider societal implications. Firstly, the experienced researcher has joined Invacost - part of the AlienScenario program. This international collaboration seeks to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the economic costs of biological invasions using a global, comprehensive database. A number of descriptive and synthetic papers are in preparation following an intensive workshop. The outcomes from this workshop are expecteed to have a influence on a broad range of fields outwith ecology as they comprehensively highlight for the first time the widescale impacts of biological invasions on human economic interests. Secondly, a successful pilot project has been established investigating links between the individual microbiome and key invasive traits. The results of this latter work are promising, and have been expanded to multiple fieldsites for the final year of the current project.