Tag Archives: Invasive species

Flemish road trip

It might not be everybody’s favorite holiday destination, but we spend last week enjoying a true and original ‘Flemish road trip’. From Bruges to Brussels, from the port of Antwerp to the outskirts of Kortrijk, we saw it all in … Continue reading

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Running off the road

It is a known pattern by now, as it is confirmed over and over in virtually all mountain regions we study: roads are facilitating non-native plant species introduction into mountains. Humans introduce – on purpose or by accident – new … Continue reading

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Matching the plant with the environment: what makes invasive plant species so successful?

Scientists have been wondering for a long time why some exotic species become invasive while others do not. A new paper we just published on invasive and non-invasive plant species in Belgium reveals that the answer should be sought at the … Continue reading

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Checking in again

Landscapes evolve rapidly when humans are around. Plants move, environments change, over a period of more than 15 years, a whole ecosystem could turn on its head. Especially when invasive species are involved. Finding such a long-term window is however … Continue reading

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Fallopia

I have been hoping to expand my research area to my homeland for a while now. Working ‘On Top of the World’ never ceases to amaze, yet closer to home tons of intriguing questions arise all the time. Why is … Continue reading

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Knotweeding

It was a mess of pieces, like shattered bones on a battlefield. A macaber sight that seemed to add some extra drama to the story of plant invasion. In between all the branches and sticks on the frozen floor, new … Continue reading

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Where we disturb nature, the invaders quickly follow

Non-native plant invaders. Ecologists have been keeping an eye on them for a long time already. Species that flew in from somewhere far away and enter an environment where they don’t belong. Species that happily profit from our changing modern … Continue reading

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