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#116223
2018-03-08

Tackling Ireland’s alien invaders

The Japanese knotweed, rhododendron and giant hogweed are fast becoming household names as these pests continue to invade Irish landscapes. These ill-famed plants are just some of many invasive species causing destruction to Ireland’s ecosystems.

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#116183
2018-03-06

Patagonia may lose its only native bumblebee due to alien bee invasion

Patagonia's giant bumblebee is now considered endangered due to invasions of alien bee species, according to a new study.Marcelo Aizen, from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina, and colleagues from four other countries draw attention to the severe conservation, economic and political ...

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#116116
2018-02-27

African countries urged to harmonize laws on invasive species

African governments should harmonize their laws to safeguard countries from the invasive species, an expert said on Tuesday. Martha Byanyima, expert on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), said many countries have experienced devastating ...

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#116063
2018-02-21

Management Of Invasive Plants Could Prevent Spread Of Deadly Malaria, Scientists Suggest

CABI scientists have joined an international team of experts who suggest that the large-scale management of a range of some invasive plants could hold the key to reducing the spread of deadly malaria.

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#116014
2018-02-19

The number of invasive species will only rise — up to 16% of species have invasion potential

Invasive alien species are one of the largest threats to biodiversity. They can become predators, competitors, parasites, hybridizers, and spread diseases, wiping out native species. Examples of notorious invaders are the brown tree snakes that ate away almost all of the birds on the island of G ...

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#115932
2018-02-09

Alien honeybees could cause plant extinction

New research indicates that introduced 'alien' honeybees are competing for resources with native bees and threatening the survival of plants that rely on interactions with specific pollinators.

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#115944
2018-02-09

Sugar glider couple escape conviction

The maximum penalty for importing a live animal without a licence is $500 or six months in jail, while importing an alien species carries a top penalty of a whopping $500,000 fine or four years in jail, which the magistrate said reflected the serious regard legislators have for the threat from i ...

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#115945
2018-02-09

Emerging aliens threaten New Zealand’s environment

Professor Hulme was part of a large international collaboration of scientists that analysed 46,000 recorded sightings of invasive animal and plant species around the world. Their research showed that one in every four new pest incursions were from species that had never before been recorded as b ...

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#115897
2018-02-06

Foreign’ species invasions rising globally: study

Up to 16 percent of all species on Earth could qualify as potential ‘foreign’ species. The number of newly emerging alien species continues to rise, posing a significant challenge to biosecurity interventions worldwide, according to a study. Alien species are those that do not belong to a region ...

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#115777
2018-01-23

New global registry of invasive species is 'milestone' in protecting biodiversity

A world registry of invasive species has been launched amid concerns that governments are not doing enough to tackle the rising threat of globalisation to biodiversity.

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#115778
2018-01-23

A race against pine: Wood-boring wasp in North America threatened by a Eurasian invader

Invasive species have diverse impacts in different locations, including biodiversity loss, as a result of native species being outcompeted for similar resources. A U.S. research team, led by Dr. Ann Hajek, Cornell University, studied the case of an aggressive Eurasian woodwasp that has recently ...

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#115665
2018-01-15

Opinion: Invasive species — the hidden threat to sustainable development

In laying out the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community set itself an ambitious set of targets to achieve by the end of the next decade. But the challenge of realizing the 17 SDGs means that development organizations often only focus on supporting the operationalizing of a p ...

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#115655
2018-01-12

Invasive worms spreading in Arboretum forests, limited effects so far

When researchers found invasive Asian jumping worms at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum in 2013, they spotted an opportunity to follow the invaders, and their effects, from the beginning.In a recent report, UW–Madison ecologists found that the exotic earthworm species are rapidly di ...

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#115630
2017-12-21

How invasive weeds can make wildfires hotter and more frequent

Over the past year the global media has been full of reports of catastrophic fires in California, the Mediterranean, Chile and elsewhere. One suggested reason for increases in catastrophic wildfires has been human-induced climate change. Higher temperatures, drier weather and windier conditions ...

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#115590
2017-12-19

Zoological Survey of India compiles a list of 157 alien invasive species for the first time!

These invasive animal species pose a threat to the biodiversity of the area and human welfare and safety, also harming the agriculture and biodiversity.

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#5681

69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.

27 November - 1 December 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

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#5754
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#115261
2017-11-20

Time key to saving fynbos from pine invaders

For thirty years‚ they lie there beneath the soil‚ waiting for the aliens to leave. But if it takes any longer than that for the aliens to disappear‚ they will soon die and be lost forever. It may sound like the premise for a Stephen King novel‚ but it's actually about one of the Western Cape's ...

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#115171
2017-11-14

The rise of invasive species denialism

Recently, dozens of opinion articles have appeared in the media—and even in scientific journals—that deny the risks that invasive species pose to the environment. These arguments claim that the field of invasion biology is biased and unscientific.

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#115078
2017-11-07

World’s most invasive alien flat worm surfaces near Bangkok’s eastern outskirt

One of the world’s list of 100 worst invasive alien species known as the New Guinea flatworm, or scientifically called Platydemus manokwari, has been found on the soil of Lamlukka district of Pathumthani, in Bangkok’s eastern outskirt.

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#114858
2017-10-16

How far do invasive species travel?

Around the globe, an increasing number of plant and animal species are introduced into new regions through human activity. However, the global patterns of their distribution are only poorly understood to date. Researchers at the Senckenberg and at the universities of Oldenburg and Vienna have no ...

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