Sunday, July 19, 2009

The World In Your Oyster Bed

A new study published in the journal Oecologia reveals that California oyster beds are under attack from introduced species, including Atlantic snails and the European green crab.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fried Lionfish - Mmmmm!

The Climate Shifts blog has an excellent post about invasive lionfish in the Caribbean, including links to recipes and preparation tips, in case you'd like to try eating these poisonous fish them out of existence. (Thanks budak!)

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mass Mussel Mania

Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) have been found for the first time in the state of Massachusetts. The mussels were found by an alert citizen swimming in Laurel Lake in the town of Lee, located in the western part of the state.

Friday, July 03, 2009


ARS News has the results of a study showing that aerial spraying of herbicide on leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) on ranchland led to increased populations of the spurge and had a decade-plus impact on the native plant species there. The study looked at the after effects of a one-time application of the herbicide - presumably, more spraying would lead to a reduction in the amount of spurge, but would also further negatively impact the native plant species.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ant Then? Ant Then?

BBC News is reporting that Argentine ants have now formed a global "mega-colony" with representation on several continents.