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PLoS One, Red Orbit - Invasive insects cost billions

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Published: 11 Sep 2011

Homeowners and taxpayers are picking up most of the tab for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing materials, live plants, and other goods. That’s the conclusion of a team of biologists and economists, whose research findings are reported in the journal PLoS ONE this week.

Homeowners and taxpayers are picking up most of the tab for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing materials, live plants, and other goods. That’s the conclusion of a team of biologists and economists, whose research findings are reported in the journal PLoS ONE this week.

The journal article resulted from a study by an NCEAS working group with support from the Nature Conservancy. (Co-authors include Brian Leung and Corey Chivers of McGill University).

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