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Ecologists Call for Screening Imported Plants to Prevent a New Wave of Invasive Species


January 4, 2012

image of oriental bittersweet A recent analysis led by ecologist Bethany Bradley of the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests that climate change predicted for the United States will boost demand for imported drought- and heat-tolerant landscaping plants from Africa and the Middle East. This greatly increases the risk that a new wave of invasives will overrun native ecosystems in the way kudzu, Oriental bittersweet and purple loosestrife have in the past, members of an international team say. Full Story

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University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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