Biotech Updates

Biological Invasions in Europe

November 28, 2008

Did you know that 11,000 alien species have invaded Europe? Alien species are plants, animals and microorganisms that have been moved by humans to new environments outside of the range they occupy naturally. A comprehensive overview of alien species in Europe including their impacts and consequences for the environment and society was documented by DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventory for Europe) provides new information on biological invasions in Europe. These alien species often cause significant loss in the economic value, biological diversity and function of invaded ecosystems. The report provides crucial information for planning measures for early detection, eradication and control methods.

For more information on the Handbook of Alien Species in Europe