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Invasive Cuisine

April 2, 2014

Joe Roman talks with Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio about his mission to change what’s on our dinner plates. Listen here.

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    The Gourmet Invasivore’s Dilemma

    March 30, 2014

    “The invasivore movement has caught fire. Some of the worst invaders, like gypsy moths and Asian long-horned beetles, will not grace lunch counters anytime soon, yet where perniciousness meets deliciousness, there is hope.” Rowan Jacobsen writes about Bun Lai and Joe Roman in April’s Outside Magazine.

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      New Green Crab Fishery in Canada

      March 23, 2014

      Fisheries and Oceans Canada wants to create a commercial green crab fishery on Prince Edward Island. Read more about it here.

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        Invader vs. Invader

        February 17, 2014

        Crazy ants may soon displace fire ants from much of the southeastern U.S. and become the new ecologically dominant invasive ant species. Read more here.

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          Eat the Invaders in Brazil

          February 9, 2014

          Fala portugués? Eat the Invaders has been covered by Brazil’s Época magazine. Roast capybara, anyone? Coma as Invasores

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            Asian Carp at the Doorstep of Great Lakes

            January 7, 2014

            The Asian carp could devastate native species and local fisheries in the Great Lakes. Can the Army Corps of Engineers and regional managers stop this invasion. David Schaper provides an update on NPR.

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              Cows Eat Weeds, Too

              November 18, 2013

              It’s not only humans that can develop an appetite for invaders. Kathy Voth, founder of Livestock for Landscapes, has helped farmers control invasive weeds on their land by training cows to eat invasive multiflora rose. The cows are fed the roses, until they develop a taste for it. Says one farmer: “the cows ate all [...]

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                News from Sparkling Lake

                November 4, 2013

                In the early 2000s, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison began an eight-year battle against an invasive species found in northern Wisconsin’s Sparkling lake. Orconectes rusticus, known as the rusty crayfish, was mowing down native plants, to better spot approaching predators, and outcompeting native crayfish. It consumed the eggs of native fish, and left other [...]

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                  El Puerco, Conquistador

                  October 9, 2013

                  A new poem by ETI’s armchair invasivore, Debora Greger.
                  The smallest party but for two women,
                  we thirteen pigs boarded in Cuba.
                  Six hundred men, their horse and war dogs
                  disembarked with us in La Florida—
                  and who then had the best of it?

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                    Of Carp and Furloughs

                    October 8, 2013

                    DO NOT ship grass carp and black carp carcasses or eyes to federal facilities during the furlough. For grass carp captured from the Great Lakes or other portions of the United States where grass carp are very rare or not thought to be established, and for black carp captured from anywhere in North America, please [...]

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                      Lamb’s Quarters

                      Lamb’s quarters was a popular spring tonic in the South—an early season edible green—but its leaves are good throughout the summer.       Chenopodium album Native range: Described by Linnaeus in 1753, this European native has been transferred throughout much of the world. Because its spread was rarely recorded, C. album‘s native and invasive [...]


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                        Wild Fennel

                          Foeniculum vulgare Native range: Mediterranean, from Turkey west to Spain and Morocco Invasive range: Much of North and South America, South Africa, and parts of Oceania and the British Isles. Check out the USDA Plants Database to see if it’s found near you. Habitat: Roadsides, pastures, along the edge of wild habitats. Rocky shores [...]


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                          Garlic Mustard

                            Alliaria petiolata Native range: Europe, Asia, Northwest Africa Invasive range: Much of the Lower 48, Alaska, and Canada. (See map.) Habitat: Moist, shaded soil of floodplains, forests, roadsides, edges of woods, and forest openings. Often dominant in disturbed areas. Description: Biennial herb. First-year plant has a rosette of green leaves close to the ground. [...]


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                            Wild Boar

                            Did the domestic ancestors of today’s feral pigs streak off De Soto’s ship into the Florida scrub of their own accord in 1539? Or did they have to be urged to go find something to eat? All you need to…


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                              Burdock

                              Native to the Old World, burdock’s introduction to North America was noted in 1672 by John Josselyn, a sharp-eyed English visitor, who used Gerard’s Herbal: The Historie of Plants of 1597 as a field guide. . . .


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                                Lionfish

                                Some say it started in 1992 in Miami when Hurricane Andrew smashed an aquarium tank. Don’t blame the weather, others say; in the mid-nineties, disappointed yet softhearted hobbyists…


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                                  Wakame

                                    Undaria pinnatifida Native range: Japan Sea Invasive range: Southern California, San Francisco Bay, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Argentina Habitat: Opportunistic seaweed, can be found on hard substrates including rocky reefs, pylons, buoys, boat hulls, and abalone and bivalve shells. Description: Golden brown seaweed, growing up to nine feet. Forms thick canopy. Reproductive sporophyll in [...]


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                                    Asian Shore Crab

                                    The first sighting of the Asian shore crab in the United States was at Townsend Inlet, Cape May County, New Jersey, in 1988. Though the source is unknown . . .


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                                      Periwinkle

                                      The common periwinkle, which first appeared in New England in the 1860s, is now found along the coast wherever there’s hard substrate–rocks, riprap, broken concrete, or docks–from Labrador to . . .


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                                        Green Crab

                                        Since the green crab was first recorded off southern Massachusetts in 1817, it has been hard to ignore. A few minutes of rock-flipping in Maine can turn up dozens of them, brandishing their claws as they retreat…


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                                          Blue Plate Special: Red Swamp Crawfish

                                          Spring is here, and it’s time for invasivores to think about our next culinary adventure. Get your 40-quart pots ready for a crawfish boil.


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                                            Bullfrog

                                            “They live in a wide variety of habitats, colonize new ones readily, and eat everything that fits into their mouths,” says Dr. Peter Moyle of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC-Davis…


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                                              Northern Snakehead

                                              His sister was ailing, and the man in Maryland remembered that, back home in Hong Kong, there was a fish that was considered a delicacy and a restorative. He would make a fish soup…


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                                                Common Carp

                                                For a bottom-feeder, what is the good life? The common carp isn’t very demanding: any body of water that’s sluggish and murky will do. One catching sewage or…


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                                                  Nutria

                                                  Nutria, also known as coypu and river rat, is native to temperate and subtropical South America. It has been introduced to Europe, Asia, and Africa, mainly for fur farming. These voracious. . .


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                                                    Field Notes

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                                                    Invasive Cuisine

                                                    Joe Roman talks with Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio about his mission to change what’s on our dinner plates. Listen here.


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                                                      The Gourmet Invasivore’s Dilemma

                                                      “The invasivore movement has caught fire. Some of the worst invaders, like gypsy moths and Asian long-horned beetles, will not grace lunch counters anytime soon, yet where perniciousness meets deliciousness, there is hope.” Rowan Jacobsen writes about Bun Lai and Joe Roman in April’s Outside Magazine.


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                                                        New Green Crab Fishery in Canada

                                                        Fisheries and Oceans Canada wants to create a commercial green crab fishery on Prince Edward Island. Read more about it here.


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                                                          Invader vs. Invader

                                                          Crazy ants may soon displace fire ants from much of the southeastern U.S. and become the new ecologically dominant invasive ant species. Read more here.


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                                                            Eat the Invaders in Brazil

                                                            Fala portugués? Eat the Invaders has been covered by Brazil’s Época magazine. Roast capybara, anyone? Coma as Invasores


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                                                              “They’re utter destruction is what they are.”

                                                              Jan Loven, USDA official in Texas, of feral pigs