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A look at how invasive plant species hinder ecosystem restoration

Restoration of most African ecosystems has been impeded by the emergence and dominance of alien plant species. This introduction of invasive plant species, whether intentional or unintentional, has threatened the ability of native flora and fauna to thrive and is also a hindrance to the progress ...

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In India, extreme climate events may aid the spread of alien species in biodiversity hotspots

Degrading quality of natural water bodies and rivers, coupled with climate change impacts, could set the stage for alien (invasive) species to take root, multiply and alter aquatic flora and fauna in biodiversity hotspots, warned scientists, documenting alien fishes in the Western Ghats.

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Atlantic invader threatens to wipe out Croatia river delicacy

For decades, tourists have enjoyed the Neretva river eel in restaurants in southern Croatia but now another gastronomic delicacy is threatening the river delta’s biodiversity and traditional eel fishing economy.

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Madrid begins the capture and extermination of 90% of the parrot population

The Madrid City Council has already started its plan to wipe out almost the entire population of Argentine and Kramer’s parrots. During the next two years, 90% of the population of these invasive alien species will be reduced through the capture of specimens with the help of cages and nets as we ...

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Tobago fisherman: Eat lionfish to save the reefs

Lionfish, an invasive species in the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea, is a threat to the marine ecosystem. Native to the Indo-Pacific, the lionfish devours over 80 types of prey who do not recognise it as a predator.

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They identify and detail the 272 invasive species that could wreak havoc on the Iberian Peninsula

Scientists from Spain and Portugal have identified for the first time the 272 potentially invasive species in inland waters of both countries, which will allow the implementation of early warning and eradication systems to avoid ecological and economic damage.

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Exotic animal trade carries risks of disease outbreak and introduction of invasive species

On March 16 this year, around ten days before Assam went to polls, routine checks were on at the checkpoint in Ghiladhari in Golaghat district of the eastern state. When the police stopped a private vehicle, they didn’t expect what they saw – macaws, silvery marmosets and golden-headed tamarin, ...

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Invasive species' staggering damage: $1.3 trillion since 1970

Conservationists have always said invasive species can have a devastating impact, but now we have a clearer idea of the dollar-figure cost: A little under US$1.3 trillion (C$1.62 trillion) in the nearly four decades between 1970 and 2017.

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Damage from invasive species 'trebling every decade'

Mosquitoes, rats and termites among species that have hitched ride on trade routes, causing at least $1.3tn of damage. The costs of damage caused by invasions of alien species across the world is trebling every decade, research has found.

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Toilet-invading iguanas among invasive species now banned in Florida

Florida is known as a state with a fondness for the exotic, from its long history of accommodating religious cults to the Bubble Room restaurant where every day is Christmas Day. But now time is running out for one type of eccentric Floridian: those who own or breed exotic and invasive reptiles ...

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Tracking species invasions with digital biodiversity data

Large online data sources are increasingly important to understand biological invasions. Emerging fields of conservation culturomics and iEcology have a great potential to inform invasion science and practice through novel insights and knowledge. In a recent publication, an international researc ...

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Protecting Your Garden From Invasive Plant Species

It’s a terrible irony that the gardens we plant to make our personal environments more beautiful often damage the natural world outside our fences. By now we all understand the harm caused by pesticides and the over-use of chemical fertilizers.

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Should Florida Exterminate or Accommodate Invasive Species?

Silhouetted against the moonlight, the strangest lizard I had ever seen hung on my porch screen. A foot long from head to tail, with wide golden eyes and a baby-blue body with bright tangerine spots, it looked like something a child might draw with a big box of crayons.

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A research group proposes six guidelines for managing the impacts of invasive species

Invasive alien species, defined as animals and plants that breed and disperse in a landscape beyond their native range, have negative environmental, social, and economic impacts.

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One of the ‘world’s worst’ invasive species is threatening our turtle population

They may seem harmless at first glance but the North American red-eared slider turtle is spreading across Sydney’s water basins and threatens the biosecurity of our native turtle populations.

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Florida wants to stop these reptiles from becoming the next invasive species in the Everglades

Wildlife managers in Florida are finally moving to address an existential question: If the state is like an all-you-can eat buffet for invasive reptiles originally introduced as exotic pets, then why are some of those species still imported and sold by breeders and pet stores?

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Invasive Alien Birds May Threaten Himalayan Biodiversity in Coming Decades: Study

Alien birds are spreading across southeast Asia and could reach India—either due to escaping captivity or after being intentionally released, report researchers from the University College London (UCL).

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Alien species removed, thousands of trees planted on Comino

Ambjent Malta has embarked on a habitat restoration project in Comino, which forms part of the Natura 2000 network.Environment Aaron Farrugia said that the conservation of habitats is crucial for the protection of biodiversity.

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Non-native plants are hurting the birds and bees

For years, Doug Tallamy sounded the alarm about the grave threat that plants introduced from abroad pose to native insects. By transforming native plant communities into so-called novel landscapes increasingly dominated by exotic species on which many insects cannot feed, the University of Delaw ...

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Specieswatch: tramp slug reclassified as invasive species

A slug (Deroceras invadens) that has colonised at least 46 countries and damaged crops as far apart as New Zealand, the US and Argentina was first discovered in England in the 1930s. But the tramp slug, as it is often known, originated in southern Italy so has been reclassified from a native to ...

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Crab-22: how Norway's fisheries got rich – but on an invasive species

The Norwegian fishing village of Bugøynes, 310 miles north of the Arctic Circle and a frigid, dark place for much of the year, was on the edge of ruin.

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Invasive alien species threaten biological diversity, shows study

The raccoon, raccoon dog, mink, and golden jackal are not native to Germany or Europe but are increasingly spreading in these non-native regions.

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Insect invaders threaten Rome's iconic pines

Rome's majestic umbrella pines are as much part of the landscape as the ruins and cobbled streets, but they are under threat from a tiny insect invader—the pine tortoise scale.

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A Chilean archipelago rivaling the Galápagos fends off invasive species

Rich in both marine and terrestrial biodiversity, Juan Fernández Archipelago National Park (PNAJF) in Chile boasts species that live nowhere else in the world.

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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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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 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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