07 Aug '11, 8am

Tackling invasive species together | - #invasivespecies

Tackling invasive species together | - #invasivespecies

Last week, the UK Environment Agency identified the 10 most threatening non-native invasive species which are spreading across UK waters. The list includes species such as Himalayan Balsam (above), Japanese Knotweed, Water Primrose, Killer Shrimp and American Signal Crayfish. These species have real impacts upon the ecosystems which they invade. Himalayan Balsam, for example, reduces species richness and can contribute to river bank erosion due to its annual cycle of dieback in winter. Japanese Knotweed is incredibly invasive, and can grow from just a small fragment of stem- it is actually treated as controlled waste under the Environmental Protection Act. Killer Shrimp has been discovered at three UK locations, and is named because of its voracious appetite for native species of young fish, shrimp and insect larvae. Clearly, if left unchecked these species have the potent...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/nature/tackling-invasive-specie...

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