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Invasive Plant Species can Enhance Coastal Ecosystems
Invasive plant species can be a source of valuable ecosystem functions where native coastal habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined, a new study by scientists at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington finds.

On otherwise barren mudflats, habitat-forming invasive species such as nonnative seaweed can offset the loss of foundation species and provide vital ecosystem services, such as storm protection and food production, on which nearly half the human population depends.



 
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Minnesota Invasive Species Fight is Funded by New Law - The invasive species money is to be used for management, public awareness, assessment research and inspections to curb the spread of invasive plants and animals on land and in the water. This appropriation is one of dozens included in the law, which funds and gives direction to hundreds of programs throughout the state.


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