Wild animals, like cats and dogs, are being consumed by invasive bugs.
The latest threat to native wildlife in Australia is an invasive species that has spread from China into the Australian bushland, according to a new study.
Scientists have identified more than 600 species of invasive plants, insects and animals in the country’s bushland that have been released into the wild in recent years.
But the research has revealed that while some are considered pests, many are actually beneficial to native plants and animals.
The study, published in the journal Nature, found that there are between 6,000 and 7,000 species of plants, and more than 20,000 invertebrates, that are native to Australia.
Professor David McKeown from the University of New South Wales in Sydney said it was a very interesting and surprising study.
“It suggests that some of these plants and insects are being introduced into the landscape by humans, that they are being used by humans for food,” he said.
“These plants and insect populations may not have been as common as some of the plants and invertebrate species that have previously been found in Australia.”
The scientists used an aerial survey to map the number of invasive plant species that were found in bushland in Western Australia, which is an area where most of the population of native plants are found.
They found that the number had risen significantly in the past five years, with more than 200 invasive plants found in Western Australian bushlands.
They also found that most of them were not native to Western Australia but were introduced from China, and were present in large numbers.
“The fact that most species are native in Australia but introduced by humans is quite significant, especially when you consider that native species are often threatened,” Professor McKeon said.
“The plants that are in the landscape are a large proportion of the native species and they may be used as food by humans.”
They may be a nuisance, but they can also provide food for other species and are important pollinators.
“Professor McKeone said the research could have a significant impact on the conservation of native wildlife and the future of native plant species.”
We know that a lot of native species like the native forest plant, the native bush plant and the native grasses are being lost and that this is a significant problem in the bushland landscape,” he told the ABC.”
This study could have implications for how the species are managed, for the future management of these species, and for the conservation efforts for native plants.
“He said the study showed that there was an “imminent danger” for native wildlife.
Professor Mc Keown said the number and distribution of invasive species was a concern for Australia’s wildlife.”
There’s been a lot more activity around invasive species in recent times, and it’s only going to get worse, particularly in the context of our drought,” he added.”
A lot of these things are very easy to kill by shooting, which we’re doing now in Australia.
“You can’t really control them.
They can survive in a different environment, and they will continue to spread and thrive.”
The new research could also have an impact on Australia’s agricultural industry, Professor Mc Keone said.
Mr Mc Keon said it could be difficult for scientists to predict how widespread or long the problem of invasive vegetation would be, because the researchers had not collected data on the nature of the species in the area.
He said scientists should continue to be vigilant and to monitor the numbers of invasive insects.
“One of the things that’s important for the agricultural sector, and the tourism sector, is to make sure that we’re not putting our foot on the accelerator of these processes, because it’s going to have consequences for our native plants,” he explained.
“And it’s also important for scientists who are working with native plants, because that information is going to be useful in understanding what’s happening in the environment.”
Topics:environment,environmental-impact,research,environment-management,biodiversity,wildlife,environment,australiaFirst posted March 01, 2019 10:36:49Contact Andrew MearesMore stories from Western Australia