Invasive ticks are spreading without any males

All the adult Asian longhorned ticks found in the United States so far have been female. Here's why.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: insects genes invasive-species ticks parasites earth-and-environment

Invasive species threaten most protected areas across the world - new study

Our research investigated 900 'alien' species across almost 200,000 protected areas worldwide.

Tim Blackburn, Professor of Invasion Biology , UCL • conversation
June 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife-conservation invasive-species national-parks protected-areas conservation-biology

Parasitic worms in your shellfish lead a creepy but popular lifestyle

Mud blister worms make their homes in the shells of oysters and other shellfish, where they weaken their hosts.

Andrew David, Assistant Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
June 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biology shellfish worms calcium-carbonate aquaculture food-webs ecosystems invasive-species parasites zoology scallops abalone larvae

What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.

Akito Y Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Insects, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: insects agriculture wildlife japan entomology pollinators asia invasive-species honeybees wild-bees

Don’t panic about Asian giant hornets

Asian giant hornets have arrived in a small portion of the United States. "We do not know how the species arrived in the United States but it is important to not overreact."

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects bees pollinators honey-bees invasive-species earth-and-environment

Plant disease: UK restricts olive tree imports to halt infection

Imports of lavender and rosemary will also be restricted from today to halt a deadly plant infection.

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
April 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: invasive-species lavender xylella-fastidiosa

Blame foxes for decline of the ‘world’s happiest animal’

The decline of quokkas in Australia has been somewhat of a mystery, but resarcehers have a suspect. Invasive species, and foxes in particular.

Vanderbilt U. • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction endangered-species invasive-species earth-and-environment predators marsupials

Can snails save coffee from fungus? It’s a risky idea

Coffee rust is a huge problem, but an invasive snail seems to eat its spores off leaves. Scientists say it's a potential strategy, but isn't without risks.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Jan. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: agriculture food coffee latin-america ecosystems invasive-species puerto-rico featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment mollusks

2 ways to deal with invasive species without toxic stuff

New strategies for controlling invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels, aren't toxic and take local ecosystems into consideration.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability water invasive-species earth-and-environment mussels

Tool predicts which nonnative insects will go rogue

Scientists often don't know which nonnative insect will emerge as the next harmful invader. A new strategy uses evolutionary history to find out.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: insects trees ecosystems invasive-species prediction earth-and-environment

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