Lionfish have very low standards and will eat anything in sight. Although they’re originally from the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, these vacuum cleaners have been flopping around the Atlantic for the last 25 years, probably because people dumped them from their home aquariums. They’re so stupidly hungry and…
After performing an autopsy on a bloated Burmese python, scientists in Florida were shocked to discover the remains of three white-tailed deer.
Hordes of lionfish have been roaming the Atlantic for several decades now, and their voracious appetite—and lack of natural predators—has seriously upset the ecological balance of those waters. Now there’s a new foundation devoted to building robots to hunt them down—a Terminator for lionfish.
Seeking to safeguard the future of its kiwis, parrots, and hobbits, New Zealand has just made the “world first” decision to eradicate all wild predators by 2050.
You need bacteria to help you digest your food and go about your day. It turns out that plants have their own version of this. And one weed is driving out the competition by attacking the gut bacteria of other species.
Puerto Rico is overrun with green iguanas, and they’re wreaking havoc on the island’s ecosystem and its economy.
Cane toads were first released in Australia in 1935 as part of a government program to control the insects attacking the Queensland cane crop. It didn’t work. Ever since, the toads have been spreading across the country, as fast as they can breed. Which would be even faster, if it weren’t for an odd quirk in their…
A group of researchers is arguing against what they call “xenophobic leanings” against invasive species, saying that economic benefits of invasive species should be taken into account when conservationists are deciding how to deal with them.
The 1967 Outer Space Treaty was one of the few things the U.S. and the Soviet Union managed to agree on at the height of the Cold War. Among other things, it forbid both nations from bringing space microbes back to Earth, or spreading Earth germs to other planets.
Two of the most destructive species of invasive termites are joining forces in Florida. By mating together, they're forming prolific hybrid colonies. Scientists are now worried about the potential damage these insects will inflict on Florida's dwellings.
Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but in the last 40 years, they've invaded the Florida Everglades, where their population has exploded. This short comic explains how Burmese pythons got there in the first place — and how it's wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.
Australia's cane toads are an instructive case of the problems of invasive species, as the creatures were originally introduced to control pests and then became a pest themselves. But now new research indicates that the best control mechanism is surprisingly simple: fences.
Giant African snails have showed up in the news over the past few years. They've been castigated for destroying the environment and giving people meningitis. It turns out that they are being unfairly maligned! Kind of!
You might assume, by virtue of being called the "common reed," that it's a common element of Eastern United States marshes. And you'd be right. But the common reed is an invader from the Old World, and it must be stamped out. Kill it with fire, etc.
As they say, sex has consequences, even for male beetles. In their quest to eradicate an invasive beetle, scientists have created "femme fatale" decoys that lure the males in and zap 'em dead—just as the unsuspecting males think they might be getting it on.
A cricket with a voracious appetite for anything — including members of its own species — is now spreading across the eastern United States with no end to the invasion in sight.
In Maryland, revenge is a dish best served fried. Invasive species of fish that wreck havoc on the local ecosystem are being featured in promotional campaigns that tout their culinary virtues: "Malicious, but delicious."
By showing that lionfish can live in fresh water, 12 year-old Lauren Arrington has alerted ecologists to the potential for these fish to migrate upstream in rivers where they would pose a threat to the ecosystem.
The Giant hogweed, a long-stemmed plant originally from Central Asia, is currently spreading like wildfire around certain parts of the United States and Canada. Not only is it drowning out the local flora, it's also a noxious weed that, when touched, can cause blisters, long-lasting scars — and even blindness.
A 12-year-old Florida girl's science fair project on invasive lionfish has surprised even seasoned ecologists, and led to the first published paper on lionfish freshwater tolerance.