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Balancing impacts of range-shifting species: Invasives vs. biodiversity

For many years, the conservation community has embraced the idea that improving connectivity, that is, creating corridors so species can follow their preferred climate, will benefit biodiversity, says Toni Lyn Morelli at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Climate Adaptation Science Center.

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Invasive lionfish likely to become permanent residents in the Mediterranean

An invasive species first identified in the Mediterranean Sea just eight years ago is likely to become a permanent feature of the region, a new study suggests.

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For the Mediterranean, the Suez is a wormhole bringing in alien invaders

A hidden invasion is taking place beneath the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. In recent years, scientists have recorded more than 700 alien species in Mediterranean waters, most of them entering through the Suez Canal in Egypt. More than 600 invasive species, many of them destructive, have estab ...

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Tiny fly from Los Angeles has a taste for crushed invasive snails

As part of their project BioSCAN - devoted to the exploration of the unknown insect diversity in and around the city of Los Angeles - the scientists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (USA) have already discovered numerous insects that are new to science, but they are still only ...

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Flora at fight

As invasive species continue to thrive, the eco-community stands divided on how best to build healthy ecosystems around it. For many of us, Eucalyptus trees have always been a part of the Indian landscape. They were the primary markers of hill stations, signalling the transition from plains to h ...

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How to help red squirrels fight back against invasive greys – with DNA sequencing

The red squirrel is the UK’s only native squirrel species. Unfortunately, they are now a very rare sight across Britain and Ireland, thanks to widespread destruction of their native forests, combined with competition from the larger grey squirrel – an invasive species introduced from North Ameri ...

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Roadmap to a win-win against invasive weeds

Researchers at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, have created the world's first framework, to better guide the management of terrestrial invasive species.

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The wicked risks of biosecurity: Invasive species in Australia

Invasive species have the potential to damage our economy, change our way of life and impact our wellbeing.We have seen this in previously introduced pest species like cane toads, which are highly toxic to both domestic pets and native species, and are a common nuisance in recreational areas lik ...

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Invasive bug found feeding on avocado plants in Hawaii

An invasive bug was discovered feeding on avocado leaves across the state of Hawaii and was most recently found on Maui plants in retail outlets, entomologists said.

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Invasive species that threaten biodiversity on the Antarctic Peninsula are identified

Invasive species are non-native ones that are introduced into a new habitat and are able to adapt to it, displacing indigenous species or causing them to go extinct. This threat is increased by the fact that people and things are constantly moving all over the world, and this is one of the main ...

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Extinctions Triggered By Invasive Species

The introduction of invasive species has been cited as one of the critical causes of animal and plant extinctions over the years. Invasive species are believed to be the sole cause of at least 126 extinctions since the year 1500.

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An invasive flatworm from Argentina, Obama nungara, found across France and Europe

One of the consequences of globalization is the inadvertent human-mediated spread of invasive species. The presence of a new invader, named Obama nungara, is reported in France by an international team led by Jean-Lou Justine of ISYEB (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France).

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MOZAMBIQUE: Large herbivores wipe out invasive plant at .

The re-introduction of large herbivores has reduced the spread of Mimosa pigra, an invasive plant that had taken up residence in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, according to a scientific study just published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Weeding out Mexico’s unwanted beach invader

An invasive species of seaweed which has blighted tourist beaches in Mexico has become more aggressive due to the heating effects of climate change. But now, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), efforts are underway to hold back its advance and protect local ecosystems.

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Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies—the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish.

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Predicting non-native invasions in Antarctica

A new study identifies the non-native species most likely to invade the Antarctic Peninsula region over the next decade. It provides a baseline for all operators in the region to look at mitigation measures. The study is published in the journal Global Change Biology (13th January 2020).

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Native fish could die alongside invasive ones under eradication plan

Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists say there's no point trying to save some of the native fish in a New Brunswick lake that may soon be deliberately poisoned.

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Biodiversity has substantially changed in one of largest and most biodiverse Mediterranean wetlands

The Camargue area in France has now a lot less grasshopper, cricket, locust, dragonfly, and amphibian species than 40 years ago. On the other hand, there are more birds and vascular plants, some of them considered as new and highly invasive species.

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Experiment suggests the best ways to tackle invasive Oregon grape in Belgian coastal dunes

The Belgian coastal dunes, a protected habitat of high conservation value, are getting severely impacted by one of its worst enemies amongst invasive species: the Oregon grape. To help mitigate the detrimental effect of this North American shrub invader, Belgian scientists carried out an experim ...

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Invasive Animals Pose “Deep and Immediate Threat” to U.S. National Parks, Study Finds

More than half of all U.S. National Parks are overrun with invasive animal species, such as rats, pythons, and feral hogs, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Invasions.

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Can We Identify Invasive Species before They Invade?

Scientists uncover patterns that predict which insects will harm North America’s conifers

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Interview: New Zealand manages pretty but invasive "pest plant" Russel lupin: official

WELLINGTON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- It is time for the blossom of Russel lupins in New Zealand's South Island, which is a well-known tourism attraction at this time of the year.

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Invasive American brackish water mussel appears in India

While out on routine coastal surveys this past summer, a group of researchers noticed something odd.

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Non-native species should count in conservation – even in Australia

As the world struggles to keep tabs on biodiversity decline, conservation largely relies on a single international database to track life on Earth.

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Invasive species set to exploit climate change in Antarctica

WASHINGTON – In the tiny part of Antarctica where the snow melts in springtime, mosses, lichens and grasses grow alongside flies, mites and colonies of micro-organisms that have fed and reproduced for millions of years.

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Invasive Alien Species: Protecting Nigerian oceans’ll boost economy, shipping trade

With a coastline of 852 kilometres bordering the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Guinea and a maritime area of over 46,000 km2, 80 per cent of transport trade in Nigeria is done through the seas.

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BRICS scientists could help stem the tide of invasive species

Developed countries are producing policies to reduce the flow of invasive species and control or eradicate existing invasions. But most developing countries are under-resourced to tackle either aspect without help.

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Study shows invasive blue catfish can tolerate high salinities

A new study by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science warns that blue catfish—an invasive species in several Chesapeake Bay tributaries—tolerate salinities higher than most freshwater fishes, and thus may be able to expand their range downstream into mainstem Chesapeake waters, ...

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Harm to Table: Turning an Invasive Crab into a Delicacy

On a rocky mudflat nestled between a few islands off Portsmouth, N.H., Gabriela Bradt rustles a clump of seaweed and shifts her ear toward the ground. “Hear that?” she asks. The rasps of something scuttling emerge from underneath the mound. “There’s one,” she says, pointing to the mottled browni ...

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'Citizen army' needed to tackle invasive species, MPs suggest

A citizen army is needed to help tackle invasive species that threaten the natural environment and in some cases human health, MPs have said. The cost to the economy of non-native species taking hold in the UK is estimated to be £1.8bn a year, a report from the environmental audit committee says.

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Scientists call for improved approach to biodiversity targets on invasive species

A Monash-led international commentary on the harm caused by biological invasions has urged policy makers to develop conversation targets in a unified framework informed by new data integration methods developed in the last decade.

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Quarantined pests for plant health

The European Commission has published a list of priority pests that must be quarantined in order to protect European wildlife and vegetation.

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How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?

This summer a professional trapper caught an alligator in a lagoon in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, following a weeklong search that drew crowds of onlookers and captured national headlines. Dubbed “Chance the Snapper,” after a local hip-hop artist, the five-foot, three-inch reptile had likely been l ...

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Invasive Species Drive Erosion in Aquatic Environments

The daily activities of mammals, reptiles, crustaceans, and fish influence the physical environment, with invasive burrowing species causing particular disruption in aquatic environments.

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Africa: Invasive Tadpoles Can Recognise Potential Predators in New Environments

Invasive species have become an increasingly big threat to indigenous ones as the spread of alien animals and plants has accelerated with the growth of global trade. Some can be very destructive, while some live in close proximity without posing any sort of threat.

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Invasive Pacific pink salmon found in Scottish rivers

Anglers have reported finding a non-native species of fish back in rivers in parts of Scotland.

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Environmental DNA proves the expansion of invasive crayfish habitats

Environmental DNA (eDNA) has successfully proven the presence of invasive crayfish in almost all the small streams around Lake Akan in Japan, suggesting that eDNA analysis is an efficient and highly sensitive method to assess the distribution of aquatic organisms.

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Invasive fish, snakes tracked with high-tech databases, maps, DNA

DENVER, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Fish scientists on the hunt for non-native species are using an array of sophisticated techniques, including high-tech databases, storm maps and DNA samples to track destructive newcomers to U.S. waterways.

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Monkey problem: St Kitts' great attraction becomes great headache

Browse tourist snaps of St Kitts and some of the most photographed faces have olive-brown tresses and piercing hazel eyes which peer inquisitively from trees, private gardens and beach bars alike.

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Enormous alien fish spotted in Kerala’s rivers after the 2018 floods

Kerala researchers have found that alien fish species, arapaima and alligator gar, were caught from four rivers after the floods of 2018.

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DNA tests of UK waters could help catch invasive species early

A team of scientists from the University of Southampton, Bangor University and the National Oceanography Centre have discovered several artificially introduced species in the coastal waters of southern England, using a technique that could help the early detection of non-native species if adopte ...

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OPINION: Harmful invasive species are on the move, we need a global alliance to stop them

There has been a baffling absence of an international alliance to track and respond to the movement of invasive species

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New study aims to help protect the world's trees and forests from harmful pests and diseases

CABI's expert scientists in the field of ecosystems management and invasion ecology have presented new guidance on ways to help protect the world's trees and forests from harmful pests and diseases such as the box tree moth and ash dieback.

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Repairing harmful effects of inbreeding could save the iconic Helmeted Honeyeater

A new study combines over 30 years of demanding fieldwork and advanced genetics to quantify how much harm is done by inbreeding in the last wild population of the helmeted honeyeater, and identifies ways forward.

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Uncertain Future For Wildlife And Native Plant Species At Lake Nakuru National Park As Invasive Plant Species Wipe Out Grasslands And Strangle Natural Fauna

Thousands of herbivores at the Lake Nakuru National Park are staring at uncertain future as alien plant species continue to swamp pastureland at one of the country’s most visited wildlife sanctuaries.

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Spanish slugs: Moscow alarm over giant invasive pests

Giant orange slugs up to 15cm (6in) long are causing alarm in central Moscow - the latest place they have turned up since spreading from Spain.

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Deadly Invaders: the Non-Native Species Threatening British Wildlife

A perfect storm of international trade, human carelessness and climate change are bringing new species to the UK that can out-compete native flora and fauna

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World’s most invasive mosquito nearly eradicated from two islands in China

Researchers combined sterilization with a bacterium in an attempt to stamp out the Asian tiger mosquito.

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Invasive parrots have varying impacts on European biodiversity, citizens and economy

Non-native parrots can cause substantial agricultural damage and threaten native biodiversity.

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Predator-free by 2050? High-tech hopes for New Zealand’s big conservation dream

When the British explorer James Cook circumnavigated the islands that he would later call New Zealand in 1769, he described the birdsong on the densely forested archipelago as “deafening.”

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