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Invasive Species

Invasive species are non-native organisms introduced or spread to new locations, oftentimes with detrimental environmental or economic impacts. Invasive species can negatively impact habitat, out-compete native species (including imperiled or ecologically important plants and animals), and introduce disease.   Our scientists use a broad array of techniques from field surveillance to genomic analysis to investigate the occurrence and impacts of invasive species on our Nation’s lands, waters, and natural resources and to develop methods to counter their negative effects. This science may be used by federal, state, or local managers to help prevent the dissemination of invasive species or to help mitigate the impacts of invasive plants, animals, and microbes in critical habitats.