A single invasive plant, Spartina alterniflora, has transformed expansive protected wetlands into a “green desert” avoided by waterbirds. Photo: EurekAlert A single invasive plant, Spartina alterniflora, has transformed expansive protected wetlands into a “green desert” avoided by waterbirds. Photo: EurekAlert
A single invasive plant, Spartina alterniflora, has transformed expansive protected wetlands into a “green desert” avoided by waterbirds. Photo: EurekAlert
Environment

Damage to China’s wetlands by invasive cordgrass highlights fight against biodiversity loss

  • As Kunming hosts COP15 conference, new paper shows how much cordgrass has harmed protected coastal areas since being introduced in 1979
  • Striking ‘red beach’ landscape, native flora and shorebird habitats threatened by exotic species

Topic |   Environment
A single invasive plant, Spartina alterniflora, has transformed expansive protected wetlands into a “green desert” avoided by waterbirds. Photo: EurekAlert A single invasive plant, Spartina alterniflora, has transformed expansive protected wetlands into a “green desert” avoided by waterbirds. Photo: EurekAlert
A single invasive plant, Spartina alterniflora, has transformed expansive protected wetlands into a “green desert” avoided by waterbirds. Photo: EurekAlert
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