Invasive Species Biology

Invasive Species Biology

Invasive species, also called introduced species, alien species, or exotic species, are any nonnative species that significantly modifies or disrupts the ecosystems it colonizes. Such species may arrive in new areas through natural migration, but they are often introduced by the activities of other species. Human activities, such as those involved in global commerce and the pet trade, are considered to be the most common ways invasive plants, animals, microbes, and other organisms are transported to new habitats.

Non-native invasive pests are devastating forest ecosystems around the World. Preventing the introduction of non-native pests is immensely challenging given the enormous volume of intercontinental trade, and finding ways to manage them after they have become established is a race against time before they cause irreversible damage. We are providing information about the evolutionary history of... Read more
Mnemiopsis leidyi, is one of the most successful marine bioinvaders on record. Native to the Atlantic coast of the Americas M. leidyi invaded the Black Sea, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas beginning the in late 1980s, followed by the North and Baltic Seas starting in 2006, with major concomitant alterations in pelagic ecology, including fishery collapses in some cases. Using extensive native range... Read more
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