Duke University Study: Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems

What does “invasive” really mean, anyhow?

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170717150843.htm

Invasive plant species can be a source of valuable ecosystem functions where native coastal habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined, a new study by scientists at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington finds.
“With the progressive decline of coastal habitats worldwide, our findings suggest it’s better to have a non-native habitat than no habitat at all,” said Aaron Ramus, a PhD student at UNC Wilmington and former Bookhout Research Scholar at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, who led the research.
“There’s a good chance that many invaders don’t have the negative effects that we often think they do,” Ramus said.

“There’s a good chance that many invaders don’t have the negative effects that we often think they do.”

“There’s a good chance that many invaders don’t have the negative effects that we often think they do.”

“There’s a good chance that many invaders don’t have the negative effects that we often think they do.”

This series from Danielle Prohom Olson of “Gather” is essential further reading:

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