PLoS One, Red Orbit - Invasive insects cost billions


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).