It is the favorite past time of every invasion biologist since H. G. Baker in the 1960s to make lists of traits which distinguish invaders. We’ve been doing it for at least 50 years, and yet, no list ever seems to satisfy. There are always exceptions – a majority of cases seem to be exceptions, really. And maybe that’s because we need to think about it in more dimensions.
Category Archives: not a plant
Chicha from the great beyond
The basic recipe for beer goes something like this.You take starch from a cereal grain (the fruit of a domesticated species of Poaceae, or Grass family), use enzymes to convert that starch into sugar, feed the sugar to a microbe capable of fermentation (such as a yeast or bacteria), which then poops out alcohol and carbon dioxide. It’s a beautiful process. You see the barley – brewer’s yeast – hops combo all the time. But why be so predictable?
[Insert Rodents of Unusual Size Joke Here]
What happens when you introduce invasive burrow dwelling rodents to an island populated by burrow nesting birds?
Goats – so destructive, and yet, so many reasons to love them.
Soy beans, the magical fruit
Soy is everywhere. But how does it get there? And how did we figure out so many things to do with it?
The python the hunters will defeat
Reality TV isn’t generally known for its positive contributions to society. But with this recently published paper on the impacts of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades of south Florida, one show seems particularly noteworthy.
In This Corner… Beaver vs. Nutria
Ok, so they aren’t plants. But they are invasive.