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Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Yellow Hawkweed

Also orange, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

News on Invasives

New study in US and Europe shows how invasive plant species fare better than natives

Phys.org, Oct. 27, 2014 by Alison Satake: LSU ecologist James Cronin and colleague Laura Meyerson from the University of Rhode Island conducted an ambitious large-scale study on the native and invasive species of reed, Phragmites australis, in North America and Europe funded by the National Science Foundation. They found that the intensity of plant invasions by non-native species can vary considerably with changes in latitude.

Finding Durable Foul Release Coatings to Control Invasive Mussel Attachment

Oct. 22, 2014 (PRWEB): The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released a report summarizing six years of testing coatings to control the attachment of quagga and zebra mussels to water and power facilities. Since the study began in 2008, Reclamation has tested more than 100 coatings and materials.

European Gypsy Moth, an invasive species, resurfaces in Metro Vancouver

Global News, Oct. 22, 2014 by Amy Judd: VANCOUVER – The City of Surrey is buckling down for a battle against an invasive species that has the potential to cause massive damage.

Invasive moth that poses threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy found in Surrey

The Now Newspaper, Oct. 20, 2014, by Amy Reid: CLOVERDALE — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has found a foreign pest that “poses a threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy” in the Cloverdale area of Surrey.

Japanese knotweed: Tiny insect could finally tame Britain’s most invasive plant

The Independent (UK), Oct. 21, 2014: Fallopia japonica, the one-time toast of Victorian horticulture which under its English name of Japanese knotweed is now considered Britain’s most pernicious invasive plant, may have finally met its match in a two millimetre-long insect.

Divers try spoon feeding lionfish to sharks, a method that could come back to bite them

Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2014, by Darryl Fears: In the war against invasive lionfish, Andrés Jiménez has taken up one of the oldest weapons used by humans: the spear.

Mussels action sought

Vernon Morning Star, Oct. 19, 2014 by Richard Rolke: Vernon’s mayor has taken the fight over invasive mussels right to a senior federal official.

Japanese knotweed - could a tiny insect tame the monster? (BLOG)

Ecologist (Oct. 17, 2014) by Kate Constantine: Since Japanese knotweed won a gold medal in 1847 as 'interesting new ornamental of the year', it has become far too much of a good thing, writes Kate Constantine. But could the oriental triffid be tamed following the UK introduction of a specialist pest from Japan's volcanic uplands?

Biosurveillance Efforts Aim to Protect Canadian Forestry Industry

Woodworkingnetwork.com, Oct. 16, 2014 by Alex Keown: A $2.43 million research project will develop DNA biosurveillance tools to detect invasive species such as the Asian gypsy moth and a plant pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death and protect Canada's forestry and lumber industries.

Invasive species experts want more involvement from public

CBC News, Oct. 14, 2014, by Andrew Foote: Invasive species experts from across North America are in Ottawa this week to find new ways to stop their spread, including giving the public a better view of the role they can play. The Weeds Across Borders conference is held every two years in either Canada, the United States or Mexico. 

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