Reconsidering The Value of Non-Native Species

Conservation biologists are not so sure non-native species, such as the tamarisk plants shown here, are as bad as they were once considered to be. (Credit: James Steinberg / Photo Researchers, Inc.)

Invasive species don’t get much love. Most often, they are portrayed as the bad guy in ecosystems, where their misdeeds include outcompeting native species, spreading disease, and damaging agricultural crops. However, some scientists argue that this characterization is not as black-and-white as many in the scientific community once believed it to be. [Read more…]