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May 2008

Selected "In the News" items previously featured on NISIC for this month. See the In the News Archives to view previously posted items by year and month.

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Invasive plants used as biofuel

New Trend in Biofuels Has New Risks (May 21, 2008)
New York Times.
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Some of the most commonly recommended species for biofuels production are also major invasive alien species. The quick growth and need for little maintenance that make some grasses attractive as biofuels also make them liable to spread where they're unwanted.

New Zealand Mud Snail

Species Profile -- New Zealand Mud Snail
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
New Zealand mud snails reproduce rapidly and can crowd out native insects that aquatic wildlife depend upon for survival. Recreationists such as anglers and boaters, researchers and others who frequent lakes, rivers and streams can inadvertently move mud snails to new locations and therefore should carefully clean their gear.

Ship loaded with freight containers (Image: AP)

Microwaves 'cook ballast aliens' (May 12, 2008)
BBC News.
Researchers in Louisiana say they have developed an effective way to kill unwanted plants and animals that hitch a ride in the ballast waters of cargo vessels.

Spiny Water flea

Invasion of the Spiny Water Fleas (May 6, 2008)
Queen's University (Canada).
Reducing the spread of some invasive species into our lakes could be as simple as asking boaters and fishers to dry out their equipment. When anchor rope, fishing line and the boats themselves are thoroughly dried, the invasive species and their eggs will die, rather than spreading to another location.

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