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#109219
2016-07-20

Invasive lionfish have reached the Mediterranean. Luckily they're tasty …

Lionfish are venomous, highly opportunistic predators which spread rapidly and uncontrollably. The only solution found so far is the frying pan

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#109162
2016-07-14

EU takes important step in fight against Invasive Alien Species

The European Commission has today published its first list of invasive alien species (IAS) which identifies 37 non-native plants and animals which pose a significant threat to the EU’s environment.

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#109147
2016-07-13

Invasive success of the mosquitofish is due to its genetic variability

The Eastern gambusia (Gambusia holbrooki), also known as the mosquitofish, is one of the world's 100 most invasive species.

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#109152
2016-07-13

Killer kiwi plant could ‘invade’ Swiss forests

It may be tasty to eat, but the kiwi fruit grows on a plant that can strangle others. Now the plant, non-native to Switzerland, has been found growing in the wild in some parts of the country, causing concern it could take over forests and damage native plants.

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#109090
2016-07-05

Tigur species under threat from African catfish

Panaji : The local aquatic ecosystem is increasingly facing threat due to the uncharted growth of invasive fish species, especially African sharptooth catfish. The situation is further precipitated due to general ignorance about the menace posed by the fish species and its resemblance to Goa's ...

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#108962
2016-06-22

The Global Price of Invasive Species

The U.S. and China pose the greatest threat as exporters of invasive species, but other countries have more to lose

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#108954
2016-06-21

Poisonous tropical lionfish could be spreading through Mediterranean

The lionfish – a tropical creature with poisonous barbs and a painful sting that can kill humans in rare cases – may be spreading through the Mediterranean, a conservation group has warned.

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#108958
2016-06-21

Sub-Saharan African countries most vulnerable to invasive crop pests

Exotic species can wreak havoc on a country’s ecosystem and economy. The extensive damage that invasive species cause to crops and forests in the United States alone, for example, is estimated to be around $40 billion each year.

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#108893
2016-06-15

'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be "devastated" by a species of moth arriving from continental Europe.

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#108881
2016-06-10

To fight lionfish invasion, Cuba learns to cook them

If you can't beat your enemies, eat them. That's the strategy Cuba has adopted to respond to an invasion of lionfish, a poisonous predator that has strayed far from its home waters in the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

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#108837
2016-06-07

Holy Carp! Invasive fish species found in St. Lawrence

Wildlife officials are activating an emergency plan after two fishermen hauled a massive Asian grass carp out of the St. Lawrence River.

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#108848
2016-06-07

Why the discovery of a grass carp in the St. Lawrence River concerns experts

Biologists are concerned about the discovery of an invasive grass carp in the St. Lawrence River, and are now struggling to determine its origins.

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#108718
2016-05-30

Rats evicted from two more Tongan islands

An eradication project in Tonga has proved successful with two islands off Tongatapu declared rat-free.

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#108623
2016-05-17

Invasive Species: Tropical Mosquitoes Gain Foothold in Northern Europe

Invasive species of mosquitoes from the tropics have long since become established in Europe. Now they are moving north. Scientists are particularly worried about the Asian tiger mosquito due to its ability to carry pathogens.

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#108580
2016-05-12

The Galapagos’ fight against alien invaders

The introduction of alien species is a major problem for the Galapagos Islands, to which the British naturalist Charles Darwin brought immortal fame with his book on evolution, On the origin of species.

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#108543
2016-05-11

Invasive insects are ravaging U.S. forests, and it’s costing us billions

Last week, a group of researchers published saddening news about “sudden oak death,” spread by an invasive water mold, that has killed over a million trees in coastal California.

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#108516
2016-05-09

Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species

Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems

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#108502
2016-05-06

Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species

Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems

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#108451
2016-05-02

Fighting inhuman invaders: May is invasive species action month

With spring in full bloom, and both humans and B.C.'s animal populations enjoying warmer weather, the Invasive Species Council of B.C. (ISCBC) has declared May Invasive Species Action Month.

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#108416
2016-04-28

Goldfish or Asian carp? Why it matters in the Great Lakes.

The US House approved a $300 million budget to help restore the Great Lakes, which are still being impacted by the unpredictable presence of invasive species.

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#108382
2016-04-26

Asian wasp listed as threat to UK's sweet chestnut trees

Forestry commission elevates oriental chestnut gall wasp to high-priority tree pest after 2015 outbreaks

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#108300
2016-04-22

Vampire vine helps to destroy alien European weeds in Australia

Let the plant wars begin. A parasitic vine that sucks the life out of feral weeds is being billed as a promising new agent for biocontrol.

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#108265
2016-04-20

Florida’s Dragon Problem

The speckled body of the Nile monitor lizard can reach up to 2 meters in length. At one end is a powerful tail that propels the animal through water and whips attackers with surprising force.

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#107986
2016-04-07

Invasive species not best conservation tool, study shows

Harnessing an invasive fish species sounded like a promising conservation tool to help reverse the destruction wreaked by zebra mussels on endangered native mollusks in the Great Lakes -- except that it won't work, says an ecologist.

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#107921
2016-04-04

Ballast water bringing invasive species to coasts

The expansion of seaports and minor ports could pave the way for the arrival of invasive species in coastal areas.

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#107894
2016-04-01

New tumbleweed species rapidly expanding range

Two invasive species of tumbleweed have hybridized to create a new species of tumbleweed that University of California, Riverside researchers found has dramatically expanded its geographic range in California in just a decade.

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#107886
2016-03-31

Harlequin ladybirds are taking over the world

LONDON, March 31 (UPI) -- Most farmers and gardeners welcome the arrival of ladybirds -- or ladybugs, as they're known in the United States. But the beetles are actually invasive, and one species, the harlequin ladybird, is taking over fast.

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#107786
2016-03-23

Eradicating Invasive Mammals Helps Native Island Species Thrive

The New Zealand storm petrel was considered extinct for 150 years. After cats and rats were eradicated from the island, the seabirds were rediscovered breeding on New Zealand's Little Barrier Island.

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#107749
2016-03-22

Invasive Soviet water flea cuts US lake’s visibility by a metre

It’s an expensive invasion. The spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus) has cut visibility in Lake Mendota in Wisconsin by 1 metre since it was first spotted there in 2009.

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#107713
2016-03-18

Five invasive species threaten marshlands

Mexican, Canadian agencies work to preserve Cuatrociénegas wetlands

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#107609
2016-03-11

Invasive Species Doubts Five Years After Japan's Tsunami

Five years after a massive earthquake struck Japan and triggered a tsunami that is still washing debris onto the West Coast of the United States, scientists are unsure whether any of the 200-plus non-native species that hitchhiked over on that debris have gained a foothold in Northwest waters.

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#107588
2016-03-10

We've got your number: Tracing the source of invasive Japanese beetles

A technique developed by Northern Arizona University researchers can help invasive pest managers make more informed decisions about how to control Japanese beetles and the extensive damage they cause.

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#107501
2016-03-04

Q&A Conservationists debate 'invasive species' vs. 'non-native' labels

The term "invaders" doesn't quite conjure up feelings of welcome or belonging. But some biologists are trying to change the perception of biological invaders — and instead want us to think of them as migrants searching for the right place to live.

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#107460
2016-03-02

New method to stop Argentine ants

Researchers add Argentine ant pheromone to bait and find 74 percent reduction in ant activity

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#107426
2016-03-01

Invasive water frogs outcompeting native species in Central Europe

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- In recent decades, invasive water frogs have spread rapidly throughout Central Europe.

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#107413
2016-02-29

Invasive water frogs too dominant for native species

In the past two decades, water frogs have spread rapidly in Central Europe.

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#107419
2016-02-29

College student reports illegal release of bluegill fish in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- For the first time in ten years, scientists have confirmed the illegal release of an alien fish in Japanese waters.

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#107256
2016-02-17

Invasive species blamed as second biggest cause of extinctions

Alien invaders are the second biggest cause of species extinctions, according to a new study, but not everyone is convinced.

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#107160
2016-02-09

Bite Back Against Invasive Species at Your Next Meal

The Midwest has an Asian carp problem. The invasive species has a tendency to jump out of the water, bludgeon fisherman and destroy boats, and they’ve been found throughout the region. Scientists worry that they’ll eventually decimate the local fishing industry, disrupt the ecosystem and destroy ...

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#107138
2016-02-08

Hoping to Lead Great Lakes Lampreys to Demise by the Nose

For all the havoc that zebra mussels, Asian carp, round gobies and dozens of other alien species have wrought on the Great Lakes, those waters have never known a foe like the sea lamprey.

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#107125
2016-02-05

Invasive raccoon dogs harbour parasites that can infect people

Pictures of a cute pet raccoon dog called Tanu went viral on Twitter last week. Meanwhile, its wild relatives have been “going viral” in a more destructive way among Europe’s wildlife. And worryingly, they harbour high levels of parasites that can infect people, some lethally.

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#107083
2016-02-03

Scientists warn of last chance to rid Madagascar of invasive toxic toad

New report says there is a ‘diminishing window of opportunity’ to completely eradicate the Asian toad, which poses a threat to biodiversity, human health and the economy

News Headlines
#107063
2016-02-02

Black rats rainforest invasion 'speeded by deforestation'

Cutting down trees in rainforests facilitates the spread of invasive black rats, a study suggests.

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#106988
2016-01-26

Seychelles Gets First-of-Its-Kind Book On Invasive Plants

Victoria — Years of personal battle with invasive species has led to a first-of-its kind book about invasive plants found on Seychelles' 115 islands.

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#106837
2016-01-14

Release herpes virus to kill invasive carp in Australia, groups urge

A coalition of conservationists, recreational fishers and farmers want Australia’s state and federal governments to get rid of European carp, or “Australia’s worst freshwater pest”, from Murray river, according to a media statement by Australian Conservation Foundation.

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#106731
2016-01-05

Biopesticide to battle invasive sea lamprey in Great Lakes registered in U.S.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone it's hoped can be used in combating the invasive species.

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#106723
2016-01-04

Snowflake coral, a serious threat to biodiversity

Colonies of snowflake coral ( Carijoa riisei ), an invasive species recently documented off the coast of Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari, could pose a serious threat to the marine ecology of the region, according to scientists.

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#106698
2015-12-23

Species on the move

Not all animals and plants are endemic to the environments in which they roam and grow. On the contrary, the world is full of non-native species. Many enrich their new habitats. But others take to their new homes with destructive determination, wreaking havoc on the economy and existing biodiver ...

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#106672
2015-12-18

Giant African snail eats crops and homes, and it’s moving our way

There’s a new, slow-moving threat inching its way onto California’s shores that’s so serious it has attracted the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.

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#106619
2015-12-15

Little red bird no more: No trace of invasive species on outer Seychelles island

(Seychelles News Agency) - Don’t go looking for a little red bird with dark black eyes on the Aldabra Atoll.

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