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Not Ready for Prime Time: Making Fuel Out of Invasive Plants

When it comes to making ethanol, taking a hard, second look at seemingly great ideas is smart policy.

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Live Long and Falter: Spry Population Linked to Endangered Species

If a country’s human population is long-lived, it’s bad news for the local critters—almost as bad as being a native bird in New Zealand.

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Consider the Crawdad

What lessons can we learn from an enterprising decapod?

New Zealand Imports Foreign Workers: Dung Beetles

Burned by past introductions of “helpful” foreign species, New Zealand inches toward releasing the imported insects to clean up its pastures full of other introduced animals.

Body Count: Putting a Price on Invasive Insect Damage

There’s a 1-in-3 chance that the next decade will see a serious new foreign insect bore through America’s forests.

Black Rats Take the Bait on Palmyra Atoll

Biologists claim victory over rodents on Palmyra Atoll in an ongoing effort to restore seabird populations, this time in the tropics.

The Tastiest Enemy: Eating Invasive Species

The idea that if you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em has found new resonance in the battle against one particularly voracious invasive species, the lionfish.

T.C. Boyle Interview: Nature and the Novelist

Miller-McCune Q&A: In “When the Killing’s Done,” novelist T.C. Boyle once again examines humankind’s conflicted attitudes toward the natural world.

Tracking Invasive Species from Riverside to Pandora

Plant physiologist Jodie Holt’s study and management of weeds has earned her kudos in Hollywood and in academe.

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The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014