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Surviving the Onslaught of Invasive Species

No place on the planet is truly isolated anymore, which means invasive species travel as easy as humans, hitchhiking on boats and planes with potentially devastating effects on the ecosystems they land in. According to UC Berkeley insect ecologist Rosemary Gillespie, we are basically putting biodiversity in a blender and seeing what comes out.  Click […]

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Should We Fight Invasive Species with Genetic Engineering?

Three years ago, biological engineer Kevin Esvelt proposed a new way to genetically modify entire populations of organisms in the wild. Esvelt and his colleagues at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering suggested that some major ecological problems could be solved with self-propagating genetic devices called gene drives, which carry human-designed genetic modifications into wild […]

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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. In the science journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, conservation biologists Dr James Russell of the University of Auckland […]

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Pledge against invasive species has ‘moral weight’

A global commitment endorsed by 33 non-governmental and state organizations has called for action to prioritize the control and eradication of invasive alien species (IAS), a key factor in the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity worldwide. The so-called Honolulu Challenge, signed on last November at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress in Hawaii, […]

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Illinois DNR Says No Need for Senators to Fear Carp in Great Lakes

U.S. Senators from Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and other Great Lakes states are furious that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not rushing to keep Asian carp out of the lakes. The senators – led by the co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Debbie Stabenow, D., Mich. – sent a […]

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Senators Call for Finalization of Plan to Keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

Nearly a dozen U.S. senators, including Dick Durbin of Illinois, are speaking out about the latest delay in the finalization of a plan to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Last week, 11 members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Army’s Civil Works division […]

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Quagga Mussels Cause Stir Among State, Federal Agencies

Federal officials say Arizona isn’t doing enough to contain the spread of quagga mussels. Multiple state and federal agencies are expected to meet next Wednesday in Lake Havasu City to address the growing threat posed by Arizona’s aquatic invasive species. “Existing watercraft inspection and decontamination efforts are not sufficient to contain the spread of quagga […]

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New Zealand South Island Trout-fishing Lakes Closed to Test for Disease

The Ministry for Primary Industries is checking whether an exotic disease has infected rainbow trout. Rashes have been spotted on a small number of the trout in Lake Grasmere and the ministry has closed it to fishing as it carries out tests. Nearby Lake Sarah has also been closed as a precaution.  The ministry expects […]

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Shell Games

Everyone agrees that the goal is to stop invasive zebra and quagga mussels from spreading, but there isn’t consensus on how to do that. This is where Montana is right now. There are a lot of different groups — state, tribal, federal, local and non-government — working to keep the mussels out, but they’re all […]

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