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#103281
2015-03-25

Hybrid termite threatens Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- A pair of termite species -- two of the some of the most destructive pests in the world -- have joined forces in Florida, mating and forming hybrid colonies. Entomologists in the Sunshine State are worried the tag-team termite could make its way to elsewh ...

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#103258
2015-03-24

Non-native plants pose 'no threat' to UK flora

Non-native plant species do not pose a risk to native flora, as widely assumed, because impacts are limited to localised areas, a study has suggested.

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#103244
2015-03-23

Burmese pythons are dominating the Everglades

Biologists say that as the snakes proliferate and continue to prey on unsuspecting animals, ecological balance in the Everglades will suffer.

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#103250
2015-03-23

Cutting-edge tool helps predict impact of invasive species

Researchers have published results of a powerful new tool that could give ecologists new ways of tackling problems posed by deadly invasive species like Asian carp and Zebra mussels.

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#103156
2015-03-16

Invasive species use landmarking to find love in a hopeless place

Tiny populations of invasive species such as Asian carp start their domination of new ecosystems by hanging out at local landmarks, according to a new study.

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#103019
2015-03-04

Delivering Unwelcome Species to the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is among the world’s great environmental jewels. The sea is highly saline, almost entirely enclosed by land and contains immense biodiversity.

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#102953
2015-02-26

Parasite colonizing Florida snails could pose health risk

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- University of Florida researchers have confirmed the presence of a deadly parasite in three non-native species of snails that have colonized South Florida.

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#102811
2015-02-16

Missouri researchers want to put more carp on the dinner table

COLUMBIA, Mo., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Some scientists suggest the best way to beat the Asian carp is to eat the Asian carp. But the question remains whether diners will oblige.

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#102744
2015-02-12

Researchers imagine killer shrimp invasion of Great Lakes

MONTREAL, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A new study predicts future invaders of the Great Lakes basin -- should stronger environmental protections not be enacted -- and one of them is the killer shrimp. It's not quite as frightening as a killer bee or killer shark, but it could be much more ecologically deva ...

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#102703
2015-02-10

Killer Shrimp Could Invade the Great Lakes

Killer shrimp, creatures that indiscriminately slay other animals without eating them, may soon join the list of invasive species living in the Great Lakes, a new study finds.

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#102692
2015-02-09

Amazon fear over mussels:Invasive species claiming territories in five countries at alarming speeds

The world’s mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, could be under threat from the most diminutive of foes − a tiny mussel invading from China.

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#102693
2015-02-09

Eradication success – Seychelles wins war against invasive red-whiskered bulbul.

Seychelles' efforts to rid itself of the invasive red-whiskered bulbul has been dubbed a success by conservationists who are now confident that the bird is no longer a threat to the Indian Ocean’s archipelago’s biodiversity.

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#102628
2015-02-05

Brazil scientists fear invading golden mussel's threat to Amazon River's biodiversity

RIO DE JANEIRO — The world's mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, is threatened by the most diminutive of foes — a tiny mussel invading from China.

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#102612
2015-02-04

Australian study says fences could halt cane toad menace

Special fences built around dams in arid parts of Australia could help eradicate the menace of cane toads, according to new research.

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#102582
2015-02-02

Invasive species in the Great Lakes by 2063

The vulnerability of the basin to future invaders has been demonstrated by a new study that calls for regulations to mitigate this threat.

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#102361
2015-01-09

'Major consequences' if olive disease spreads across EU

A virulent pathogen that starves olive trees poses a serious threat to EU olive production, experts have warned.

News Headlines
#102057
2014-11-28

Suez canal scheme ‘threatens ecosystem and human activity in Mediterranean

Scientists say new channel will herald arrival of more invasive species, with potentially harmful impact on region as a whole

News Headlines
#101836
2014-11-11

Stink bug pest 'could get to UK'

An agricultural pest dubbed the stink bug could establish itself within the UK, according to a scientist.

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#101795
2014-11-06

Invasive species threaten global biodiversity

Huilo Huilo - Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.

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#101702
2014-10-31

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

Zoologists say a skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

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#101699
2014-10-30

Asian fungus threatens Western salamanders

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Invasive species don't just come from the animal kingdom; plants and fungi can also arrive from abroad, wreaking havoc on native ecosystems. That is what's happening in Europe, where a new type of chytrid fungus, original to Southeast Asia, is threatening

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#101648
2014-10-27

Officials: still no Asian carp in Great Lakes

Environmentalists, ecologists and others say the carp could decimate food chains and habitats in the Great Lakes.

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#101624
2014-10-24

Biosecurity gaps led to 36 invasive species entering Australia since 2000

Invasive Species Council says Australia has not heeded lessons from decision to introduce cane toad in Queensland in 1935

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#101521
2014-10-20

Straight down the line

The invaders are evolving in a way that will make their colonisation happen faster

News Headlines
#101432
2014-10-15

City life key to harlequin ladybug invasion in the UK

The harlequin ladybird (ladybug), an invasive alien species first recorded in the UK in 2004, has a preference for urban areas and sunnier habitats.

News Headlines
#101409
2014-10-14

Alien Mussels Threaten U.K. Biodiversity

The single most threatening species to U.K.’s biodiversity is a species of mussels – the quagga mussel.

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#101413
2014-10-14

UK waterways face 'invasional meltdown' from European organisms

Scientists are warning that an army of species from Turkey and Ukraine is poised to invade Britain's waterways.

News Headlines
#101419
2014-10-14

Turkey's trouble with acquatic aliens

Turkey’s Gökova Bay is home to an array of alien species that are wiping out native marine inhabitants, worsening a fishing crisis.

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#101336
2014-10-09

Invasive emerald ash borer expanding its range

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- In Pennsylvania, one power company is preparing to remove more than 1,500 dying ash trees, damaged by the invasion of emerald ash borers. But ash trees, rotted from the inside out by the invasive insect, aren't just found overhanging power lines. They're everywhere.

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#101341
2014-10-09

Invasive plant wins competition against its native cousin

Because of its aggressive behavior and its harmful effects, the invasive prairie plant Lespedeza cuneata has been added to several noxious weed lists.

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#101213
2014-10-03

Herbivores play important role in protecting habitats from invasive species

Herbivores consume more non-native oak leaf material in areas with diverse native plant communities than in less diverse communities. Why diverse plant communities tend to resist invasion by non-native plants, remains uncertain.

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#101197
2014-10-02

On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows

Based on insights first articulated by Charles Darwin, researchers have developed and tested the 'evolutionary imbalance hypothesis' to help predict species invasiveness in ecosystems.

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#101179
2014-10-01

Biodiversity in the Mediterranean is threatened by alien species

Millions of tourists visit the Mediterranean each year, but its deep-blue waters host the largest invasion currently underway on Earth.

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#101162
2014-09-30

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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#101106
2014-09-26

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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#101072
2014-09-24

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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#101016
2014-09-19

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.

News Headlines
#101021
2014-09-19

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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#100982
2014-09-17

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.

News Headlines
#100936
2014-09-15

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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#100837
2014-09-10

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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#100684
2014-08-28

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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#100652
2014-08-26

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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#100590
2014-08-25

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

News Headlines
#100400
2014-08-08

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.

News Headlines
#100372
2014-08-06

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.

News Headlines
#100034
2014-07-14

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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#99941
2014-07-03

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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#99811
2014-06-24

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.

News Headlines
#99812
2014-06-24

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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