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Tiny snail inching toward big trouble

DETROIT — Michigan has a new addition to its roster of Great Lakes aquatic invaders — a tiny snail from Down Under, smaller than a grain of rice, that could spell big trouble.

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Australia trial for GM fruit fly

Australia will carry out trials of a genetically modified insect to see if it can control a destructive crop pest.

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Study: CO2 bubbles help thwart Asian carp invasions

URBANA-CHAMPAGNE, Ill., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- CO2 bubbles have a disorienting effect on tiny Asian carp fry, deterring them from invading new territory.

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The sources of invasive freshwater species in Europe's lakes and rivers

A JRC-led article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European lakes and rivers. Germany, the UK and Italy are the main entry gateways.

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Ocean acidification benefits invasive species

The Carcinus maenas, or the European green crab, is one species that doesn't mind the acidification of the world's oceans. In fact, this invasive species is thriving here in the U.S.

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Ash trees under threat if harmful borer beetle finds way to Britain

Asian emerald ash borer, given the maximum risk rating to the tree species, is ‘moving uncontrolled’ through Russia having established itself in US and Canada

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Study: Snakes helped big rhino beetle invade Guam

MANGILAO, Guam — One of this island’s most notorious invasive species apparently is helping another, researchers say.

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Asian carp creep closer to Lake Michigan

SENECA, Ill., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Silver carp, a species of Asian carp, have been found in Illinois waterways closer to Lake Michigan than ever before

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The place that has wiped out grey squirrels

The red squirrel has been in severe decline in the UK but one island has completely eliminated grey squirrels to promote a red resurgence.

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Govt launches Invasive Species database

THE country's capacity to protect its ecosystem against the threat of foreign plants, animals and pathogens has been boosted with the launch of the Jamaica Invasive Species Database (JISD).

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New Suez Canal poses biodiversity risks for Malta

Alien species making their way into Maltese waters through the newly-expanded Suez Canal could have a significant impact on Malta’s marine biodiversity

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For predators, invasive species are like junk foods

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Invasive species are like junk foods -- only acceptable as an occasional indulgence, not a substitute for a healthy well-rounded diet.

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Cryptic invasions by ecological engineers conceal profound changes in nature

A new study reveals that the salt marsh plant Spartina alterniflora, which grows on more than 9,000 km of the Atlantic coastline of South America, is not native to the area and was in fact introduced 200 years ago.

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Invasive weed threatens to boost malaria

[NAIROBI] An invasive weed may worsen the malaria epidemic in East Africa by sustaining the mosquitoes that transmit the disease, a study says.

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How Belgium is using the internet to find and get rid of invasive alien species

Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally (like by passengers on international flights) or deliberately (like through trade) into an ecosystem where they are not naturally found, spreading rapidly and disrupting the complex and delicate ecological balance in ...

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Hokkaido co-op deals with alien critters by cooking, serving them to tourists

KUSHIRO, Hokkaido--A pesky clawed invader viewed as a threat to the Lake Akanko ecosystem is being served as a delicacy to tourists mainly from Europe and China.

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Invasive herb could hamper East Africa’s fight against malaria

Gains made in the fight against malaria in East Africa could be set back, by an invasive plant species.

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EU clamps down on grey squirrels and other invasive wildlife

EU embargo on trade, possession and transport of 37 invasive species filed at the WTO, but conservationists say species omitted for commercial reasons pose a major threat to biodiversity

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Bush Blitz: The largest Australian nature discovery project finds four new bee species

Four new native bee species were recognized as part of the largest Australian nature discovery project 'Bush Blitz.' The South Australian bee specialists used molecular and morphological evidence to prove them as new.

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Nearly half of India vulnerable to alien invasive plant species: Study

Kolkata: Nearly half of India’s total geographical area is prone to invasion by alien plant species, says a new study. It shows that biodiversity hotspots in India are “especially vulnerable” and limiting human interference in remote forests is necessary.

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Sweet smelling water hyacinth is trouble

International travel and trade provide ample opportunity for plants to find their way into non-native soils. But some are quick to take root and influence both the economy and the environment.

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Invasive caterpillar 'could spread in UK'

An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK, experts warn.

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The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/#QjtV3pok54AHF0YD.99

As a young naturalist growing up in the Deep South, I feared kudzu. I’d walk an extra mile to avoid patches of it and the writhing knots of snakes that everyone said were breeding within.

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Brown widow spider reported for the first time in Tahiti

Tahiti is a popular tourist destination, but one unwanted visitor has decided to make its home there: the brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus). A paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology has reported the discovery of the spider for the first time on Tahiti and also on four of ...

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A call to report floral intruders before they dominate landscape

PUNE: The bright flowers of Lantana camara was the foremost reason for the introduction of this South American novelty to India in 1809 at the botanical gardens in Kolkata.

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'Alien' plants spreading across the world causing billions in damage, says study

Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien”, spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

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Irrigation risks spreading invasive pests across Afric

The use of irrigation across Sub-Saharan Africa creates conditions that attract devastating foreign plant pests, such as the tomato leaf miner, a Kenyan study has found.

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Non-native marine species' spread, impact explained by time since introduction

The time since the introduction of a non-native marine species best explains its global range, according to new research by an international team of scientists. The study also contains a warning: The vast majority of marine invaders have not yet finished spreading.

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Suez canal scheme ‘threatens ecosystem and human activity in Mediterranean’

The continuing expansion of the Suez canal risks causing serious harm to marine lifeforms and economic activity in the Mediterranean sea, scientists are warning.

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People warned about the dangers of invasive plants

People across the East are being warned not to attempt clearing giant hogweed and other non-native invasive plants without seeking professional advice first.

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Environment to tighten the noose on invasive species

Santo Domingo.- The Environment Ministry on Tuesday said the Program to Control and Monitor Invasive Alien Species has been strengthened , and aims to remove chickens, the Palo Verde Iguana, donkeys and cats which compete, displace or destroy native varieties in the country’s protected areas.

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One man's quest to save the most colossal fishes on earth

Zeb Hogan was already familiar with the legendary Mekong giant catfish. After all, he’d been studying the beasts, which grow to hundreds and hundreds of pounds, for years. But when a colleague in Thailand phoned him up in 2005 to say that fishermen had hauled a 646-pounder ashore, it seemed…unpr ...

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Invasion of Poisonous Asian toad in Madagascar is a greater threat to biodiversity than previously thought

Invasive species are among the greatest threats to the world’s biodiversity, and amphibians rank among the most devastating vertebrate invaders. That’s why the discovery of the Asian toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) in Madagascar’s second largest city and main port of Toamasina in March 2014 so ...

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After two decades, Indonesia publishes plan for tackling invasive species

Twenty years after ratifying a legally binding UN convention which obligates parties to deal with invasive alien species, considered to be main direct drivers of biodiversity loss across the globe, Indonesia has drawn up a national strategic plan on the matter.

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Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm found on mainland US for first time poses major threat

A highly invasive species of flatworm has been identified in mainland US for the first time, posing a significant threat to the country - and the Americas - as a whole, scientists have warned.

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Climate change brings new insect arrivals to Finland

New insect species typically arrive in Finland via Russia’s Karelian Isthmus. Entomologists say that the number of species in the country has expanded rapidly in recent years.

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Scientists call for gap between genomics and invasion biology to be bridged

Scientists at the University of Southampton think that Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) of invasive organisms holds the key to furthering our understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes.

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Are invasive species good for giant tortoises? Ask the dung.

Invasive species usually spell trouble for isolated ecosystems but in the Galapagos, an archipelago of islands off the coast of Ecuador that Charles Darwin credited with inspiring his theory of evolution, giant tortoises are in love with non-native fruit and grass species that appear to be keepi ...

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Exotic weeds a threat to ecology

For four years, the Forest Department has been removing the exotic weeds and invasive species proliferating in the forests of The Nilgiris biosphere, but lack of manpower and financial resources is pegging back the effort.

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Costa Rica is officially going after the lionfish

The Southern Caribbean Artisanal Fishermen’s Association on Monday presented officials from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry a plan to reduce the population of lionfish (Pterois), an invasive species that threatens Costa Rica’s fish and shellfish populations.

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Invasive climbing perch is nearing the Australian mainland

The climbing perch can hibernate for up to six months in the mud of a dried up creek bed.

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North American ragweed to bring autumn allergy misery to Europe

European allergy sufferers resigned to the perennial springtime blitz on their noses may need to keep their tissues handy later in the year too. An invasive plant from North America that releases copious amounts of allergenic pollen in the autumn looks set to massively expand its range in Europe.

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Harlequin ladybirds declared UK's fastest invading species

World’s most invasive ladybird is consolidating its presence in the country and is responsible for the decline of seven native species, scientists say

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Sap-sucking insects may combat Kenyan cactus plague

An insect that sucks the sap out of cactus plants has been trialled in East Africa to contain the spread of an invasive cactus species that threatens local grazing areas.

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Fears grow that invasive bird species may cause havoc here

SINGAPORE: Recent sightings of a destructive non-native bird species have alarmed some bird enthusiasts here, who have urged a relook of import policies for invasive species.

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Scientists identify Japan’s water fleas as alien species

Daphnia pulex, a species of the common water flea long thought to be native to Japan, has been found to be a foreign invasive species that arrived here as long as 3,000 years ago, according to a report published in a U.S. science journal by a research team from Tohoku University.

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Seychelles: Making Space for Seychelles Endemic Flora - Massive Number of Introduced and Invasive Plants Being Removed

Port Glaud — The incredible greenery of the Seychelles archipelago strikes many first time visitors to the Indian Ocean islands.

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Invasive ants are extreme excavators

Researchers in the US have revealed a secret of the success of invasive fire ants - they can excavate any type of soil.

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Invasive lionfish discovered in Brazil

Lionfish have overwhelmed ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean over the past three decades, eating or out-competing native species in what has been called the worst marine invasion ever. Now the fish seem to have extended their range to South America.

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Washington State Turns to Neurotoxins to Save Its Oysters

Six decades ago, when Dick Sheldon first got into the oyster business, the tide flats of Washington states Willapa Bay were almost free of blight. There were no crabs (well, almost none) and Sheldon used to hike onto the mud at low tide, with a bucket for oysters

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