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Oak processionary moth population exploding in London

Toxic caterpillars now spreading beyond their infestation zone, afflicting trees in parks and gardens in new areas

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EU Adopts Invasive Alien Species Regulation

On Monday, the European Union adopted a legislation that will tackle the rapidly growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species.

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How Global Shipping Could Change Our Understanding of Biodiversity

The global economy hasn’t just opened up new markets for humans, it’s been a catalyst for bringing species to into habitats where they don’t belong.

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Tropical rabbitfish a threat to Mediterranean Sea ecosystems

The tropical rabbitfish, which have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, a new study warns.

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Mass murder by botulism: invasive species drive bird-death surge

Non-native fish and mussels seem to be behind a toxic scourge in the Great Lakes

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Conquering the world at a snail's pace: Expansion of invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug

The expansion of the invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug has been the focus of recent research.

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Invasive-species control: Bounty hunters

Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas, but fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check.

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Prioritising islands' invasive pest control

Scientists have developed a way to identify island habitats that face the greatest threat from invasive pests, such as rats and feral cats.

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Invasion of the lionfish: new research finds the situation may be worse than we thought

You may have recently read the controversial story on invasive lionfish research involving Dr. Zack Jud of Florida International University and a young girl named Lauren Arrington. While the issue of attribution in scientific research is crucial to the discipline, much of the media focus so far ...

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Incognito caterpillar threatens US borders

One of the worst insect pests in the world is coming to the United States — and it’s coming in disguise.

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Efforts to curb invasive species spark battle in the countryside

Wildlife experts warn that government attempts to draw up new controls on invading non-native species could threaten familiar birds such as barn owls, and damage British biodiversity

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Climate warming may have unexpected impact on invasive species, study finds

Rising temperatures may be seen as universally beneficial for non-native species expanding northward, but a Dartmouth College study suggests a warmer world may help some invaders but hurt others depending on how they and native enemies and competitors respond.

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South Africa: SA Tightens Alien Species Regulation

Pretoria — The Department of Environmental Affairs has set aside R200 million to further regulate invasive alien species. The amount budgeted over the next three years is in addition to the R4.2-billion budget to control alien species through the Working for Water Programme.

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New Zealand fights 'plague' of stoats and rats

The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for the poisoning of "a plague" of rats and stoats which it says threatens the country's native wildlife.

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Exotic, Invasive Plant Species Impact the Ability of Soils to Store Carbon

Researchers have found that exotic plants, such as Japanese knotweed, can actually accelerate the greenhouse effect by affecting the ability of soil to store greenhouse gases.

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Greater white-toothed shrew spreads across Ireland

An invasive species of shrew is spreading across the Irish landscape at a rate of more than five kilometres a year, according to new research.

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Invasive species cost NI economy £46.5m each year

Invasive species cost the Northern Ireland economy £46.5m each year, according to official figures.

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Invasive harlequin ladybirds 'eating native British cousins'

Invasive harlequin ladybirds are feeding on their native British cousins, DNA analysis has shown.

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Devil's claw looms over World Cup's armadillo mascot

They may be the cutest World Cup mascots ever. But three-banded armadillos (Tolypeutes tricinctus) from Caatinga in north-east Brazil are being crowded out of their habitat by an invasive weed.

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Asian relative of cane toad threatens Madagascar havoc

A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar, scientists report.

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New Report Tracks 20 Years of Invasive Species Growth

A new report released by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy compiles the latest data and analyses on the introduction, spread, and costs of non-native invasive tree pests and diseases. Fading Forests III is the third study on invasive forest pests pro ...

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Emerald ash borers were in U.S. long before first detection

The uber-destructive emerald ash borer arrived at least 10 years before it was first identified in North America, new research confirms. shows that EABs were feasting on ash trees in southeast Michigan by the early 1990s, well before this pest was discovered in 2002, arriving inside wood crating ...

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EU hatches legal plan to fight invasive species

Whether it's the aggressive Asian hornets that have colonised France or the ravenous slugs slithering across Sweden, invasive species are a growing problem in Europe. New legislation agreed upon last week aims to step up the fight against the aliens.

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Invasive alien species: tackling the threat to our biodiversity

One of the worst threats to Europe's biodiversity and ecosystems is plant and animals species coming from other countries and continents, which frequently cause the near extinction of native species

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Australia should enlist dingoes to control invasive species

Introduced species pose one of the greatest threats to Australia’s fauna and flora, but expensive efforts to control them aren’t working. Instead of spending millions of dollars on culling, giving dingoes a hand could help Australia’s wildlife.

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Scotland to cull thousands of gray squirrels

North American gray squirrels may drive Britain's native red squirrels into extinction. Conservationists are now trapping and killing the gray rodents in order to preserve biodiversity.

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A plague of fleas: Tiny Eurasian exotic is upending watery ecosystems across the northern Great Lakes

The spiny water flea, aka Bythotrephes, is devouring its way through the Great Lakes and into the surrounding inland waters, including Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park, disrupting an entire ecosystem from the bottom up.

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Exotic plant species alter ecosystem productivity

Biologists have reported an increase in biomass production in ecosystems colonized by non-native plant species.

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Un ver plat envahissant menace la biodiversité européenne

La découverte d’une nouvelle espèce de ver plat, inconnu jusqu’ici en Europe, inquiète les scientifiques, qui craignent que cet animal exotique ne s’attaque aux escargots.

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Not even freezing cold stops invasive species in high altitudes

They hitchhike with us under the soles of our shoes and muddy car tires. Harsh and cold climates don't seem to stop alien plants from establishing themselves in high altitudes, where they now successfully penetrate the alpine vegetation.

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Predatory Lionfish Decimating Caribbean Reefs

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Feb 28 2014 (IPS) - The lionfish, with its striking russet and white stripes and huge venomous outrigger fins, wasn’t hard to spot under a coral reef in 15 feet of clear water. Nor was it a challenge to spear it.

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Costa Rica to launch offensive against invasion of broadbarred firefish

The Environment Ministry (MINAE) on Monday met with Mexican experts who are in the country to assist in a plan to combat the broadbarred firefish, an invasive species that is affecting the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Caribbean waters.

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Spanish rice farmers fight invasive snail

Island apple snail is destroying crops and threatens to spread into other southern European wetlands

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Chicago goes to war with Asian carp

The US city of Chicago is considering drastic measures to prevent giant fish infesting North America's Great Lakes.

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Soil biota explains tree growth: Why the Canadian lodgepole pine does better in Sweden than Canada

Thanks to its excellent growth, the Canadian lodgepole pine has become a popular feature of forestry in Northern Sweden.

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Study compares merits of plans to deal with invasive Asian carp

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Scientists say they've finished a study of the effectiveness of different prevention barriers meant to keep invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

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Effective control of invasive weeds can help attempts at reforestation in Panama

Saccharum spontaneumis an invasive grass that has spread extensively in disturbed areas throughout the Panama Canal watershed, where it has created a fire hazard and inhibited reforestation efforts.

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Increase in Hemlock Forest Offsetting Effect of Invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid for Now

Jan. 22, 2014 — Despite the accumulating destruction of a non-native invasive insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid, hemlock forests in the eastern United States appear to have held their own for now, according to new research by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Dispersal Patterns Key to Invasive Species' Success

Jan. 20, 2014 — In 1859 an Australian farmer named Thomas Austin released 24 grey rabbits from Europe into the wild because it "could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a spot of hunting."

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Last chance to manage continental invasion-Antarctic expert

Antarctica was protected from human contact until about a century ago but the threat of biological invasions continues to grow, visiting UK researcher to the University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Pete Convey of the British Antarctic Survey says.

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After 49-Million-Year Hiatus, Ectobius Cockroach Reappears in North America

Jan. 6, 2014 — The cockroach in the genus Ectobius is a major textbook example of an invasive organism, and it is the most common cockroach inhabiting a large region from northernmost Europe to southernmost Africa.

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Science first, say 235 experts on the EU Invasive Alien Species policy proposal

group of 235 individual experts and organisations from 36 countries, including 23 EU Member States, are calling on the European institutions to adopt a more science-based approach to the European Commission’s proposal on the regulation of invasive alien species.

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Impacts of Plant Invasions Become Less Robust Over Time: Invasive Plants Are More Likely to Be Replaced by Other 'Invasives'

Nov. 20, 2013 — Among the most impressive ecological findings of the past 25 years is the ability of invasive plants to radically change ecosystem function. Yet few if any studies have examined whether ecosystem impacts of invasions persist over time, and what that means for plant communities an ...

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Let's Just Harvest Invasive Species -- Problem Solved?

Nov. 20, 2013 — Although invasive Asian carp have been successfully harvested and served on a dinner plate, harvesting invasive plants to convert into ethanol isn't as easy.

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Global Change: Stowaways Threaten Fisheries in the Arctic

Nov. 4, 2013 — Just think of the warty comb jelly or sea walnut, as it is also known. It has caused tremendous damage to fisheries in the Black Sea after arriving in ballast water from its original habitat along the East coast of North America.

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Asian carp have reproduced in Great Lakes watershed

Scientists said Monday they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.

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Emerald ash borer beetle on the march across Europe

An invasive species of beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in North America could "spread unhindered" across Europe, researchers have warned.

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Lionfish invasion is threatening the Atlantic Ocean

(UPI) -- Lionfish are invading the Atlantic Ocean at an increased rate and scientists are worried that consequences could be grave.

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Adaptability to Local Climate Helps Invasive Species Thrive

Oct. 17, 2013 — The ability of invasive plants to rapidly adapt to local climates -- and potentially to climate change -- may be a key factor in how quickly they spread.

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Spanish slug invasion: Scientists seek public's help

Scientists are asking for the public's help to track the spread of a greedy slug species threatening to eat its way through British gardens and crops.

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