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New Species of Biological Invaders Are Might be on Their Way

The ecosystem is an interesting topic for discussion as from time to time, invasive species arrive in an ecosystem and damage the existing ecosystem. While animal species like Kudzu, zebra mussels and Africanized honeybees are some of the well-known invasive species, a group of researchers has suggested that similar kinds of invasive species might be making their way to different ecosystems.

The latest research paper was published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution after 17 experts collaborated to find out issues related to invasive species. The report talks about the spread of invasive species in plant and animal kingdom and goes on to mention how the spreads of such species might affect human activities at a later stage. Talking about the effects, pro professor Daniel Simberloff from the University of Tennessee said, “The cultivation and distribution of ‘growth enhancing’ microbes could cause some crop plants or plant species residing near agricultural fields to become invasive pests.”

According the research paper, scientists’ works in laboratory are also contributing towards the spread of invasive species. Hugh MacIsaac from the University of Windsor said, “The push to use genetically modified agents to control invasive species will continue to grow. And with it will come public opposition and the view that we are opening Pandora’s Box.”

Interestingly, the researchers were quick to point out that human efforts are required to mitigate the effects of these species as over last couple of years, the impact of invasive species have altered the public’s perception of the threat they pose. For example, citizens in different places are protecting different kinds of species to protect the biodiversity.

Tim Blackburn of University College London revealed, “Denialism in science is not new, but its growth in the context of invasive species is especially worrying for people trying to conserve unique native biodiversity. Manufacturing doubt about the negative impacts of invasive species can delay mitigating action to the point where it is too late.”

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