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Plant Biodiversity Protects Ecosystems From Human Perils
2013-02-07 08:59:14

A new study highlights the importance of plant biodiversity in protecting natural ecosystems against the perils of ecosystem breakdown.

Biocontrol Research Discovers New Cryptic Species On Brazilian Peppertree In Florida
2013-02-06 13:30:04

Dr Michael Pogue, a Research Entomologist in the ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory, at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, was sent a series of moth specimens from Bahia, Brazil, for identification. The insects were under consideration as a possible biocontrol agent for the invasive Brazilian peppertree in Florida.

Effect Of Invasive Plants On Species Richness Depends On Scale
2013-01-17 14:41:43

In Missouri forests, dense thickets of invasive honeysuckle decrease the light available to other plants, hog the attention of pollinators, and offer nutrient-stingy berries to migrating birds. They even release toxins to make it less likely native plants will germinate near them.

2013-01-16 10:37:00

Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the contrary.

Invasive Grass May Be Contributing To Extreme Wildfires
2012-12-06 13:33:34

An international team of scientists has revealed that an invasive grass species may be one reason that fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western U.S.

Invasive Species Abound In The River Thames
2012-10-10 05:02:07

Scientists from the Queen Mary, University of London, claim that almost 100 non-native freshwater species have successfully invaded the River Thames, making it one of the world’s most highly invaded freshwater systems.


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2008-04-30 23:09:30

The Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas), is the native oyster of the Pacific coast of Korea, Japan and China. It has been introduced to North America, especially in Puget Sound, Washington, and to the Australian states of Tasmania and South Australia. It is an important commercial harvest in all of these places, as well as New Zealand where the Pacific oyster has replaced the native rock oyster, Crassostrea glomerata, as the main commercial species. The Pacific oyster is an invasive species...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.