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Damaging Non-Native Forest Pests at Home in Northeastern U.S.

July 16, 2013 — Beginning with early colonists who landed in the New World loaded with dreams, grit and perhaps the continent's first alien forest pests, and continuing today with the expansion of global trade, the northeastern United States has been ground zero for damaging non-native forest pe ...

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Zoologist leads world’s largest rat extermination to save biodiversity of Antarctic island

Tony Martin doesn’t look like someone capable of killing millions of rats and mice. The mild-mannered zoologist normally spends his time teaching animal conservation at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

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The alien animals and plants helping UK wildlife

"Alien" species - also known as "non-natives" - are plants and animals living in an area that they are not normally found in, having either been deliberately or accidentally introduced by man.

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Spread of toxic invasive plant alarms U.S. forest authorities

Named after the Roman hero Hercules, Heracleum mantegazzianum captures attention with its impressive foliage: huge, sharply lobed leaves; hollow, hairy, purple-splotched stems, four inches in diameter; and towering umbrella-shaped white flowers that bloom in late spring.

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Researchers look into the future to weed out problem plants

Researchers from Macquarie University and the University of Canberra have developed an assessment scheme that allows them to look into the future to see which exotic plants might become tomorrow's problematic invaders.

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100 Years of Weed Control on World Environment Day

Alien invasive plants that strangle out South Africa’s natural flora have been the target of teams of weed controllers for exactly one century this year.

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Invasive Species: 'Away-Field Advantage' Weaker Than Ecologists Thought

May 17, 2013 — For decades, ecologists have assumed the worst invasive species -- such as brown tree snakes and kudzu -- have an "away-field advantage."

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'Crazy ants' from South America invading southeastern U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas, May 16 (UPI) -- Invasive "crazy ants" displacing native fire ants across the southeastern United States could have dramatic effects on the region's ecosystem, researchers say

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Invasive ladybirds wage 'biological war' on natives

German researchers have discovered the biological keys to the success of an invasive species, wreaking havoc across Europe and the US,

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Frog Once Imported for Pregnancy Testing Brought Deadly Amphibian Disease to U.S.

May 15, 2013 — African frogs, originally imported for early 20th century pregnancy tests, carried a deadly amphibian disease to the U.S., according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Mobile phone app to help monitor UK's native ladybirds after foreign invasion

'iRecord Ladybirds' a free mobile phone app is launched today to help monitor the impact of the invasive Harlequin ladybird on the UK's native ladybird species. The app was produced by scientists at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology working with the Nature Locator team at the University of Bristol.

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European invader threat to US amphibians

Buckthorn, listed as an invasive species in the US, is understood to release a chemical into the environment that reduces successful hatching

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Scientists map global routes of ship-borne invasive species

Scientists have developed the first global model that analyses the routes taken by marine invasive species.

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Himachal uproots invasive weed that threaten forests.

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh's forest department is engaged in a massive project to remove lantana, an exotic flowering shrub that threatens the state's biodiversity, and re-greening the hills with fast-growing native flora, foresters said.

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Giant snails on advance in Florida

South Florida is battling a growing infestation of the giant African land snail.

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Climate Change Drives Spread of Invasive Plants in Cuba

HAVANA, Apr 11 (IPS) - Botanist Ramona Oviedo has spent decades combing the countryside in Cuba to study and curb the spread of invasive plant species, a serious problem that has been aggravated by climate change.

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$41 Million Allocated to Mitigate Threat of Foreign Species

As part of efforts to mitigate the threat of invasive alien species in the Caribbean, the Government has allocated some $41 million to the project.

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A flowering outbreak.

A recent survey of the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department has pointed out that the deadly weed Lantana, called Phool Lakri in local parlance, has affected the mountain bio-diversity in more than 1,800 sq km of forest lands in the State.

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Study: Asian carp not yet Great Lakes risk

SOUTH BEND, Ind., April 4 (UPI) -- Asian carp DNA is not widespread in the Great Lakes basin, despite fears the invasive species could eventually proliferate in those waters, researchers say.

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Invasive Crabs Help Cape Cod Marshes

Apr. 3, 2013 — Ecologists are wary of non-native species, but along the shores of Cape Cod where grass-eating crabs have been running amok and destroying the marsh, an invasion of a predatory green crabs has helped turn back the tide in favor of the grass.

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Hope for Galapagos Wildlife Threatened by Marine Invaders

Mar. 26, 2013 — Increasing tourism and the spread of marine invasive non-native species is threatening the unique plant and marine life around the Galapagos Islands.

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Curse of invasive plants in countryside

Malta has become inured to the curse of creeping urban development that has destroyed so much of its natural landscapes and environment.

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New Insights On Invasive Fly Threatening US Fruit Crops

Mar. 15, 2013 — Humans aren't the only species with a sweet tooth. Research from North Carolina State University shows that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit -- giving us new insight into a species that has spread across the United States o ...

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European Invader Outcompetes Canadian Plants Even Outside Its Usual Temperature Range

Mar. 12, 2013 — Dog-strangling vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum) is an exotic plant originating from the Ukraine and southeastern Russia that is becoming increasingly invasive in southern Ontario, Canada

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Australia's native frogs beat invasive toads

The tadpoles of Australia's native frogs can outcompete invasive toads, scientists say.

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Assembling the Transcriptome of a Noxious Weed: New Resources for Studying How Plants Invade

Mar. 5, 2013 — In order to build and maintain cells, DNA is copied into ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules, also called transcripts. Transcripts are often like a recipe for making proteins, and a collection of all the transcripts in a cell is called a transcriptome.

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Guam snakes to be attacked with poison

HONOLULU, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a plan to get rid of invasive brown tree snakes on Guam -- poisoned mice.

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IAS lose us ecosystems and biodiversity

When Pliny complained of rabbits destroying the Balearic Island environment, he was even then not alone. The ancient Romans probably spread many more of their favourite foods around Europe, Asia and Africa. Wine, for a start!

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'Alien' wildlife in Europe wreaks €12bn damage a year, study shows

From tiger mosquitoes to ragweed, more than 10,000 invasive species are putting increasing pressure on the natural world

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Florida's python hunt draws to close

MIAMI, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The monthlong Florida Everglades python hunt produced only about 50 of the big snakes but experts say the information they'll provide will be "unbelievable."

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Invasive mussel poses ecological and economic threat to island community

Mediterranean mussel threatens lobster beds on which Tristan da Cunha depends for 80% of its income

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Scientist: releasing invasive birds in Turkey to eat ticks will backfire

As Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, new research suggests guineafowl actually eat few ticks, carry the parasites on their feathers, and further spread the disease.

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Invasion of Feral Cats Could See the End of a Seabird Endemic to the Mediterranean

Feb. 1, 2013 — The population of Yelkouan Shearwater of the French island of Le Levant is seriously under threat due to the invasion of feral cats, according to a French and Spanish joint study. The archipelago is home to the main colonies of this species.

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UK bans sale of five invasive non-native aquatic plants

Five species of invasive non-native aquatic plants are to be banned from sale, the UK government has announced.

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Global Plant Diversity Still Hinges On Local Battles Against Invasives, Study Suggests

Jan. 17, 2013 — In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds.

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Native plants said no match for invaders

TORONTO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Given enough time, invasive plant species will eliminate native plants growing in the wild, despite recent reports to the contrary, Canadian researchers say.

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Loch Ken biodiversity 'destroyed' by invasive crayfish

A Scots loch has seen its biodiversity virtually wiped out by an "invasive alien species", according to an MSP.

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Florida hunters battle pythons for cash prizes

Burmese pythons are out-competing native species in Florida's Everglades National Park. Officials have asked locals to help them hunt the troublesome invader. Hundreds have signed up for the month-long challenge.

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Epigenetics posited as important for evolutionary success

Two things are thought to be crucial for evolutionary adaptation: genetic diversity and long periods of time, in which advantageous mutations accumulate.

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Pythons, Lionfish and Now Willow Invade Florida's Waterways

Jan. 8, 2013 — Foreign invaders such as pythons and lionfish are not the only threats to Florida's natural habitat. The native Carolina Willow is also starting to strangle portions of the St. Johns River.

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Stink Bug: Combating a Top-Ranked Invasive Insect

Jan. 7, 2013 — First detected in the United States a decade ago, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops.

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Invasive species said threat to Antarctica

BIRMINGHAM, England, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- An invasive species, a tiny insect, has the potential to drastically alter Antarctic ecosystems isolated for millions of years, British researchers say.

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Invasive Plant Species May Harm Native Grasslands by Changing Soil Composition

Dec. 18, 2012 — The future landscape of the American Midwest could look a lot like the past -- covered in native grasslands rather than agricultural crops.

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Invasive Grass Fuels Increased Fire Activity in the West

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — An invasive grass species may be one reason fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western United States, according to a team of researchers.

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Fox Invasion Threatens Wave of Extinction in Tasmania

ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) — The effort to stop the irreversible spread of foxes in Tasmania is at a critical stage with many native species at risk of extinction, new research by University of Canberra ecologists and their collaborators published in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of ...

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Rat eradication project on South Georgia set to resume

The largest animal eradication project the world has ever seen is set for its next phase.

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Namibia: Invasive Species a Money-Spinner

Most Namibian farmers regard the Prosopis as an alien invasive plant species. But according to a recent study undertaken by 10 local experts, the revenue potential from harvesting 5 percent of Prosopis pods at the current density was calculated at N$7 million per annum in the Auob Basin and N$1 ...

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Galapagos Islands park staff begin extermination of 180-million rats

The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say – and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.

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Asian hornets to invade Paris on way to Britain

Asian hornets are at "the gates of Paris" as the dangerous, bee-killing invaders sweep through France towards Britain, experts have warned.

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Invasive plant sparks biofuel debate

HOUSTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A plant being eyed as a renewable fuel source has a dark side, choking native plants, clogging rivers and streams and draining wetlands, U.S. scientists say.

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