Invasive species

fish feeding

Five years ago, ECOS reported on new research investigating the potential for a biological control to manage the problem of carp in the Murray-Darling river system. The ongoing research is now part of a $15m national plan.

The letter-winged kite, or moon kite, is the enigmatic raptor of Australia’s arid zone which comes and goes with the boom and bust of this vast region. But lately, concerns have been raised about its future.

close up of a mossie

More than 20% of domestic rainwater tanks inspected in Melbourne homes have been found to harbour egg-laying mosquitoes. What can we do to keep them out?

Long distance photo of Lord Howe Island

More than 1000 islands and 1200 threatened species. Which feral animals do you decide to focus on to provide the greatest benefit to island species?

Grass fire in a lightly wooded area.

Programs to build Indigenous and scientific knowledge partnerships are tackling a range of contemporary sustainable development issues.

About 3000 feral pigs are culled every year in the Archer River Basin on Cape York. But is this helping to protect the things we care about? Together, local people and scientists are building a case for targeted pig management in place of culling programs aimed at killing as many pigs as possible.

Three men holding an award

The Tiwi Tropical Fire Ant Project won the Biodiversity category of the 2015 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, for two of the largest invasive ant eradications ever achieved

There’s a downside to modern travel and trade networks: pests and pathogens hitch a ride. Nowadays, as a 2014 CSIRO report shows, the question isn’t ‘if’ something nasty arrives – it’s ‘when’.

Varroa destructor

A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re considered in the Australia’s Biosecurity Future report recently published by CSIRO and its partners.