Journal article

Misinformation, internet honey trading and beekeepers drive a plant invasion

Magdalena Lenda, Piotr Skorka, Karolina Kuszewska, Dawid Moron, Michal Belcik, Renata Baczek Kwinta, Franciszek Janowiak, David H Duncan, Peter A Vesk, Hugh P Possingham, Johannes MH Knops

Ecology Letters | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Biological invasions are a major human induced global change that is threatening global biodiver-sity by homogenizing the world’s fauna and flora. Species spread because humans have movedspecies across geographical boundaries and have changed ecological factors that structure ecosys-tems, such as nitrogen deposition, disturbance, etc. Many biological invasions are caused acciden-tally, as a byproduct of human travel and commerce driven product shipping. However, humansalso have spread many species intentionally because of perceived benefits. Of interest is the role ofthe recent exponential growth in information exchange via internet social media in driving biologi-cal invasions. To date, this ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions


Awarded by Iuventus Plus, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education


Awarded by Mobilno Plus, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education


Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to Micha Woyciechowski, Zuzanna Zagrodzka, Hajnalka Szentgyorgyi, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Aleksandra Splitt, Blazej Mazur, Kerrie A. Wilson and Adrian Ward for discussions and advices. This work was supported by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions CE11001000104, Iuventus Plus, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant number: IP2012 029472, Mobilno Plus, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education 1324/1/MOB/IV/15/2016/0 and Australian Government.