Latest Introduced species Stories
Thanks to the exotic pet trade, Burmese pythons have invaded Florida’s Everglades and it turns out – they have developed a taste for area rabbits. According to a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the python has become the main predator of marsh rabbits.
New research from the University of Waterloo has revealed that foreign species invading a new ecosystem use local landmarks as a beacon for mating, sort of like nature’s nightclub.
Ever since it was opened in 1914, the Panama Canal has been an invaluable way to pass ships from ocean to ocean, but the canal has also been a way for invasive species to invade the Gulf of Mexico and the waters beyond.
Flotsam from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is still washing up on the western shores of the United States and these drifting boats could be transporting invasive and dangerous species into North American waters.
Five of the most high-risk freshwater invaders from the Ponto-Caspian region around Turkey and Ukraine are now in Britain - including the quagga mussel, confirmed just two weeks ago on 1 October in the Wraysbury River near Heathrow airport.
Foreign species that are devastating water ecosystems could be "hitchhiking" around Britain on canoeists' and anglers' kit.
Researchers from the University of Miami and University of Pittsburgh conclude that excess deer facilitate population explosion of exotic plants, while suppressing populations of native plants
Some introduced (i.e. non-native) plants become abundant, threaten species richness and the well-functioning of ecosystems, the economy, or health (plant invasion).
University of Toronto research has found that purple loosestrife – an invasive species that competes with native plants for light and nutrients and can degrade habitats for wildlife – has evolved extremely rapidly, flowering about three weeks earlier as it has spread to northern Ontario.
American bullfrogs are native to eastern North America but have been transported by people to many other parts of the globe, and other parts of North America, where they have readily established populations and become an invasive alien menace to native ecosystems.
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