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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Five invasive species threaten marshlands

Mexican, Canadian agencies work to preserve Cuatrociénegas wetlands

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Invasive lizard takes up residence in Bermuda

A non-native species of lizard has been discovered in Bermuda, a potential problem for the island's critically endangered Bermuda skink. The observation was made by Florida International University biology student James Stroud.

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Arctic Invasion

Invasive species are making it to the Arctic, they just can’t survive there—yet.

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East African giant snails take a toll on native biodiversity

PUNE: Deep in the evergreen forests of the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, researchers have recorded the presence of a population of the Giant African Snail, a native of East Africa that has come to be recognized as the second worst invasive alien species in the world.

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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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