Invasive Plants Are Biological Pollution
A council created by the state Legislature has begun an effort to help agencies and the public better understand the need to prevent invasive plant species from getting established and spreading in Indiana. Invasive plants are a major threat to Indiana and the nation and, when left uncontrolled, spread quickly, says John Jachetta, chairman of the Indiana Invasive Species Council, which has secretarial offices at Purdue Univ.
"They are a form of biological pollution that disrupts the function of our natural ecosystems," he says. "What were once unique regional characteristics resulting from thousands of years of natural selection start to blur, and decades of conservation achievements are lost."
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