New Findings from Environment Canada Update Understanding of Bioscience (The Origin of Invasive Microorganisms Matters for Science, Policy, and...

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New Findings from Environment Canada Update Understanding of Bioscience (The Origin of Invasive Microorganisms Matters for Science, Policy, and Management: The Case of Didymosphenia geminata) By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Fresh data on Life Science Research are presented in a new report. According to news reporting out of Nanaimo, Canada, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The value of distinguishing native from nonnative invasive species has recently been questioned. However, this dichotomy is important for understanding whether a species' successful dominance is caused by introductions, changing environmental conditions that facilitate an existing population, or both processes." Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Environment Canada, "We highlight the importance of knowing the origin of hard-to-detect invasive microorganisms for scientific research, management, and policy using a case study of recent algal blooms of the stalk-producing diatom Didymosphenia geminata. Nuisance blooms have been reported in rivers worldwide and have been hastily attributed to introductions. However, evidence indicates that blooms are probably not caused by introductions but, rather, by environmental conditions that promote excessive stalk production by this historically rare species." According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Effective responses to invasive microorganisms depend on knowing whether their proliferation is caused by being nonnative or is the result of changing environmental conditions that promote invasive characteristics of native species." For more information on this research see: The Origin of Invasive Microorganisms Matters for Science, Policy, and Management: The Case of Didymosphenia geminata. Bioscience, 2014;64(6):531-538. Bioscience can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press - www.oup.com/; Bioscience - biohorizons.oxfordjournals.org) Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B.W. Taylor, Pacific Biol Stn, Environm Canada, Nanaimo, BC, Canada (see also Life Science Research). Keywords for this news article include: Canada, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Life Science Research, North and Central America Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC

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