Why biological control is an important tool to manage problematic invasive species in Europe

By Urs Schaffner

Over the last few years, biological invasions have become a regular topic in the news. Today the general public is probably better informed about the negative environmental and economic impacts alien invasive species can cause than ever before. However, concern about invasive species and the search for methods to sustainably manage them has a much longer history, dating back to the 19th century.

Melanagromyza albocilia (1)

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One of our invasive species in the mainstream media

Vespa velutina

Picture: ©Muséum de Toulouse/Didier Descouens-2013. CC BY-SA 3.0

Some of the species that are included in our open-access Invasive Species Compendium are well known to the general public, for example
Japanese Knotweed. Others are more obscure, and I had never heard of the
Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, until I
edited the datasheet about it earlier this year. I was therefore
interested to hear an item about it a few days ago on the Today programme, one of the best-known programmes on BBC
radio (you can listen to the item here).

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