invasive species

european rabbit that took over australia

Scientists use genetics and historical records to reveal how the species pulled off one of the most infamous biological invasions of all time.

Five cute wild rabbits sit in a field

New research finds 74 per cent of land managers who reported releasing a powerful biocontrol, release it during the peak rabbit breeding period. This can lead to rabbit populations actually increasing.

Japanese fish

Human-made debris such as plastic have vastly increased the numbers of marine species crossing the oceans, write Emma Johnston and Jim Carlton. 

Toad with tracking device at a farm bore 1 0

It will not be simple or cheap, but fencing dams in arid areas could create "cane toad breaks" to halt the march of these invaders across the continent, writes Mike Letnic  

05 Cane Toad 1

Erecting fences to stop cane toads entering man-made dams to cool down in hot, dry parts of Australia is an effective way to stop their spread, UNSW-led research shows.

Oxford ragwort 1

Weeds in the UK are still evolving hundreds of years after their introduction and are unlikely to have reached their full potential as invaders, UNSW scientists have discovered.