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A tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s spectacular red crabs from crazy ants

In what could be the most closely scrutinised biological control project in Australia, a 2mm wasp is being released to control a deadly ant infestation

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New alien species in Mediterranean Sea

The Niger Hind (Cephalopholis nigri) is a new alien fish species for the Mediterranean discovered by the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group.

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A tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s spectacular red crabs from crazy ants

Have you heard the one about the wasp that kills the bug that feeds the ants that kill the crabs that keep the forests healthy on Christmas Island?

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Invasive species can become a real nuisance if left unchecked. Here are a few prevalent varieties and some management techniques to help contain these stubborn species.

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Climate global initiative calls for urgent action against invasive alien species

GLAND/SWITZERLAND: A new global initiative to reduce the impacts of invasive alien species - the Honolulu Challenge - has been launched on Tuesday by 33 organisations and institutions. The launch follows a call for urgent action on invasive alien species made by experts, governments and NGOs a ...

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Invasion of the Aliens: Body Snatching Worms, Cold Winters May Rout Lakes’ Enemies

Public enemy number one, it might be called: Eurasian watermilfoil. It’s not on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, but maybe it should be, say scientists who study lakes.

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Why Doubt Invasive Species Impacts?

Invasive alien species are now found on every corner of the planet and rank higher than climate change as a current threat to endangered species. So then why, despite all the scientific evidence of negative impacts from invasive species, would people be resistant to taking action against them? I ...

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Denial of invasive species threat worries scientists

Scientists believe a new battlefront is opening in science denialism and this time the target is the science of invasive alien species and the fight to protect some of the world's rarest species and most unique ecosystems.

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EU acts against dangerous (animal) immigrants

Welcomed - or feared and hated: Europe is home to hundreds of nonnative animal and plant species. They affect ecosystems and harm biodiversity - and cause millions in damage. Now, the EU is acting to stop their spread.

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Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Invasive Species Of Mussels In Montana

Zebra and quagga mussels, the best known Great Lakes invaders, reduce the ability of native mussel species to move, feed and breed.

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The harlequin ladybird is a clever little devil

Tricked out in Halloween orange and black, a harlequin moves awkwardly through a micro woodland of moss on the concrete as if it were wandering through an alien world, which in some respects it is.

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Invasive alien species drive Indian gaurs close to human habitation

CHENNAI: Death of a 11-year-old girl due to Indian gaur attack in Kodaikanal has once again brought to fore the need for removing invasive vegetation and clearing encroachments from the forests of Kodaikanal. .

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The alien plants sucking South Africa dry – can companies help?

A project to clear invasive plants is creating tens of thousands of jobs in a drought-struck country with mass unemployment

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Lionfish invasion an ‘unprecedented threat’

The population of Cuji fish (Haemulon aurolineatum), native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by a half (45 per cent) since 1990 — a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish (Pterois antennata), which originate from the Indian Ocean and weste ...

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Lionfish invasion an ‘unprecedented threat’

The population of Cuji fish (Haemulon aurolineatum), native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by a half (45 per cent) since 1990 — a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish (Pterois antennata), which originate from the Indian Ocean and weste ...

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Invasive insects—an underestimated cost to the world economy

Invasive insects cause at least 69 billion euros of damage per annum worldwide.

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Invasive species may reduce the spread of disease

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Invasive species may not be all bad. New research suggests the introduction of non-native species can reduce the spread of disease.

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Threat to honeybees as Asian hornet's arrival on UK mainland confirmed

Invasive species has been spotted in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire, with attempts under way to locate nests

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We are not alone – alien plants & animals invade Europe

As of today, leading European experts will gather for three days of intensive discussion in Luxembourg to assess the spread of alien lifeforms among us.

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Hemlock trees under threat by invasive pest, the woolly adelgid

The woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that infests and eventually destroys hemlock trees, has made one incursion into Eastern Canada and biologists say it's likely to turn up again.

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Islanders unaware of alien plant invasion risk

Low public concern about alien plants and animals is hampering conservation efforts on island nations as scientists battle the rapid decline of pristine habitats, a conference has heard.

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Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

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LeBlanc vows fight as EU reviews impact of Canadian, American lobster

FREDERICTON -- Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the Canadian and American governments will "vigorously" try to convince the European Union that the American lobster does not pose a threat.

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Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy and human livelihood in developing countries

Invasions from alien species such as Japanese Knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world's poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows.

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Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests.

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How California eradicated an invasive grapevine moth

The European grapevine moth, first spotted in California in 2009, has been declared eradicated on US soil. It took seven years' worth of effort and over 65 million dollars of federal funding to defeat the insect.

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Aliens are coming – not all of them in peace

Unlike Florida, we don’t have to worry about a huge Nile crocodile turning up in our waters, but we are facing a threat from a range of non-native species

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Parakeets are the new pigeons – and they’re on course for global domination

Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they’re here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your ...

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Province warns of dangers of invasive species

Manitoba Sustainable Development is advising people of the risks that the emerald ash borer poses if introduced to the province’s trees.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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