Invasive Species IntroductionSimulation

Depending upon what part of the country you live in, you no doubt have heard of the unintended consequences of introducing new species. Aggressive Africanized Honey Bees first introduced in Brazil in 1956 can now be found in most states in the Southwest. In the Southeast, fast-growing Kudzu vines introduced from Japan at the 1876 Centennial Exposition now cover over seven million acres climbing trees, power poles, and anything else they contact. In the Great Lakes region, Zebra Mussels from Europe have fouled indigenous species, reduced plankton populations, clogged water-intake pipes and have cost municipalities and industries close to $2 Billion. The glassy-winged sharpshooter, an invasive insect recently detected in California, carries a disease that attacks grapes and has caused nearly $40 million in losses.

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