10 Nov '11, 5am

Researcher Warns of Invasive Species Used as Weapons

Researcher Warns of Invasive Species Used as Weapons

As most people know, when a non-native organism is introduced into a foreign habitat it can have a devastating impact on the plants and animals that make up that ecosystem -- like an ecological ticking time-bomb. But despite the notion that invasive species really only cause harm to wildlife, society itself isn't necessarily invulnerable. In his recently published doctoral dissertation, Ph.D candidate Lawrence Roberge notes a troubling potential for terrorists to intentionally release non-native species, like feral pigs and ticks, to serve as 'weapons' in bioterrorism attacks against the United States. Roberge, who is associate professor of Anatomy & Physiology at Laboure College and working towards a Ph.D from Atlantic International University, warns of the risks posed by the weaponization of invasive wildlife by terrorist organizations. The introduction of non-native pla...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/researcher-war...

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