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Invasive species research

You have your own websites , which has quite a following among the environmentally-conscious, as well as students assigned to research in your area. Each week , you post a short feature article, either a hot topic or educational column for your readers. Readers are welcome to ask questions or post their own information/ personal experience regarding the topic on your site. This week , you have decided to post a web article about alien species.

Research the introduction of any two of the following alien species into the United States and the ecological effect(s) they have had on local plant and animal populations. If the introduction was intended , explain why. If unintended, explain how it occurred. Explain why these species are so invasive.

- The fire ant
- Kudzu
- The Zebra mussel
- The Japanese beetle
- The Eucalyptus tree
- Asian Longhorn beetle
- Killer Bees

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Here are some samples with the kinds of information you could use. I suggest you explore the other species mentioned as well, and choose those that seem the most threatening to you. There are lots of good web sites to aid you in this:
http://www.ag.auburn.edu/fish/aumerc/Extension/aquatic_nuisance_species/ANS.html
http://nas.er.usgs.gov/
http://www.invasive.org/

Zebra mussels are small, fingernail-sized mussels native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia. They are believed to have been transported to the Great Lakes via ballast water from a transoceanic vessel. The ballast water, taken on in a freshwater European port, was probably discharged into Lake St. Clair, near Detroit, where the mussel was discovered in 1988. Their highly mobile microscopic ...

Solution Summary

The introduction of Kudzu and zebra mussels into the US, and their effects on native populations.

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