Toxic caterpillars now spreading beyond their infestation zone, afflicting trees in parks and gardens in new areas
On Monday, the European Union adopted a legislation that will tackle the rapidly growing threat to biodiversity from invasive species.
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.
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.
Non-native fish and mussels seem to be behind a toxic scourge in the Great Lakes
The expansion of the invasive Mediterranean Tramp Slug has been the focus of recent research.
Destructive lionfish are invading coral reefs in the Americas, but fishing competitions can help to keep the problem species in check.
Scientists have developed a way to identify island habitats that face the greatest threat from invasive pests, such as rats and feral cats.
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 ...
One of the worst insect pests in the world is coming to the United States — and it’s coming in disguise.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Invasive species cost the Northern Ireland economy £46.5m each year, according to official figures.
Invasive harlequin ladybirds are feeding on their native British cousins, DNA analysis has shown.
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.
A relative of the cane toad, which has devastated wildlife in Australia, has invaded Madagascar, scientists report.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Biologists have reported an increase in biomass production in ecosystems colonized by non-native plant species.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Island apple snail is destroying crops and threatens to spread into other southern European wetlands
The US city of Chicago is considering drastic measures to prevent giant fish infesting North America's Great Lakes.
Thanks to its excellent growth, the Canadian lodgepole pine has become a popular feature of forestry in Northern Sweden.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
(UPI) -- Lionfish are invading the Atlantic Ocean at an increased rate and scientists are worried that consequences could be grave.
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.
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.