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Invasive Species

A plant or animal invades a place where it isn't supposed to be and upsets the balance of nature. The mystery is how these invaders get to their new homes. Often, humans move them intentionally or they travel with us as unwelcome hitchhikers. Whether they arrive by ship, airplane, automobile or in packages we mail, there are thousands of opportunities every day for unwanted organisms to enter the United States. Modern transportation makes it possible for these species to move from their native lands to the U.S. in just hours.  

From herbicide resistant pigweed to Asiatic soybean rust, boll weevils to kudzu, invasive species are a prevalent and persistent problem in Georgia. Fighting these unwanted interlopers costs farmers, local governments and the state millions each year. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is working to combat this problem from all angles. Here are a few examples of what we are doing to prevent, eliminate and control invasive species in Georgia.

Invasive Species

Species like Asian longhorned beetle and the oak splendour beetle could find a home in a wooden pallet being relocated to North America.

Author: Published 06/28/2017
Kudzu Bug Resistance

UGA plant breeders identify soybean cultivars with proven resistance to kudzu bugs.

Author: Published 12/21/2016
Museum Collection Digitized

When complete, LepNet will provide big data crunchers with millions of new data points on moth and butterfly populations.

Author: Published 09/12/2016

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