Tag Archives: invasive species

Stowaways in potted plants

Potted plants can seem so benign. Beautiful, fascinating, good to grow and give, but they may carry invasive species which are not benign. Tom Bawden at The Independent tells us about invasive species reaching Europe, including the New Guinea flatworm … Continue reading

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James C. Scott on Food sovereignty: a critical dialogue

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argylesock says… I like the way James C. Scott explains food sovereignty and food security in this lecture. He remarks on how we humans rely, mostly, on only three food sources: maize (corn, Zea mays), rice (Oryza sativa) and wheat … Continue reading

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A new invader to eat rice plants?

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) for Britain doesn’t list apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata and P. maculata) as invasive species, but perhaps it should. Apple snails are aquatic. They spread when there’s flooding, when they cling onto larger animals or onto … Continue reading

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Exotic trees

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk tells us about the exotic (alien) trees which are familiar in our British landscapes. Lewis tells us how many of these trees arrived during colonial times when great houses and gardens were built. He doesn’t mention how … Continue reading

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Who’s the most hated company? Monsanto!

The chemical and biotechnology giant, Monsanto, calls itself ‘a sustainable agriculture company.’ If you want to know more of its viewpoint you can read its blog, Beyond the Rows. Not everybody thinks that Monsanto is all about sustainable agriculture. Do … Continue reading

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Leave Them Bee- The Honeybees That Fearfully Avoid Hornets

argylesock says… Don’t scare the bees! We need pollinators for crops and wild plants. There are many pollinating insects but one of those is the European honeybee (Apis mellifera). There are many kinds of hornet too, including the Asian hornet … Continue reading

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Paving the Way For Invasive Species

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
Horticulturalists help bring beauty to our gardens and landscapes by introducing plants from other parts of the world and breeding them for aesthetic characteristics. In the past, not enough attention was paid to…

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The advance of the Asian hornet creates a buzz in the UK media

argylesock says… Here’s another threat to the honeybee (Apis mellifera). The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is now established in France and no doubt, it’ll soon reach the British Isles. The article I’m reblogging here includes info on how we can … Continue reading

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Bracken

If you’re in the British uplands, you’ll be very familiar with bracken (Pteridium aquilinum). It’s part of our landscapes here, beautiful but not always good news. Robin J Pakeman at Animal Briefs tells us about bracken. It’s a native species … Continue reading

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Living With Imported Pollinators

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Bumblebee Pollinating a Flower Honey bees are under stress in many areas and growers are evaluating alternatives to honey bee pollination. Bumblebees are a potential alternative and the worldwide trade in bumblebees for…

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