|Title||Earthworms as Invasive Species in Latin America -- the 2nd Latin American Meeting on Oligochaeta (Earthworm) Ecology and Taxonomy (Editorial), Special Issue.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Journal||Caribbean Journal of Science|
This special issue is based on scientific contributions presented at the 2nd Latin American Symposium of Earthworm Ecology and Taxonomy (ELAETAO, for its Spanish acronym) held in San Juan, Puerto Rico November 14-18, 2005. The first of these symposia was organized by George G. Brown and Klaus D. Sautter and held at Londrina, Brazil from December 1-3, 2003.The objective of the first symposium was to summarize the state of knowledge on the ecology, biodiversity and distribution of earthworms in Latin America and of their usefulness as bio-indicators in various natural and agricultural ecosystems. The present issue is focused on the ecology and taxonomy of earthworms in Latin America, with the general theme of “Earthworms as invasive species.” Symposium participants evaluated the knowledge of earthworm ecology and taxonomy in Latin America with particular emphasis on the relative importance of exotic vs. native earthworms and their effects on ecosystem processes and services. The symposium included 39 invited and contributed talks and posters,two workshops, and a demonstration on vermi-composting techniques.