Giant African snails happily munch on vegetables in south China, one bite from a red fire ant from Latin America causes humans to slip in to a coma and the ecosystem in northwest China is under threat from invasive trees from Central Asia. As China grapples to cope with the adverse affects of an influx of non-native species, either deliberately or accidently introduced, experts are calling for specific laws and regulations to control their uncontrolled spread. Of the 100 most threatening invasive species in the world, 51 have been found in China…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2014

Key Points

  • According to the head of China’s National Forestry Bureau, from 2000 to 2013, the number of foreign pest detections by Chinese Customs rose steeply from 500 to 610,000.
  • According to a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, Cabomba caroliniana, an invasive water weed native to North America, has been spreading from the lower Yangtze River towards northern China. The country’s South-North Water Transfer Project may in fact facilitate the spread of non-indigenous fish and invasive plants along its waterways.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In July 2014, an official from China’s Ministry of Agriculture noted during a meeting in Chongqing that 529 invasive species have been found in China since the 1980s.
  • China’s South-North Water Transfer Project will divert water from the Yangtze River in southern China to the Yellow and Hai Rivers of northern China.

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