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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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Asian Carp Fight to Feature New Barrier - The latest strategies to fight the spread of invasive Asian carp in Illinois will include stepped-up detection, more aggressive harvesting and a new electrified barrier to keep the fish from entering Lake Michigan, federal officials announced.


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