Cause And Effects Of Invasive Species

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Invasive species are organisms that are not native to an ecosystem and cause harm to it. These organisms are capable of bringing about a great deal of damage to the ecosystems they are foreign to. This can range from disrupting the growth of the environment it has taken over to completely decimating other species. The introduction of invasive species to new environments often involves humans. The way that invasive species are introduced to a new environment varies greatly. Invasive species may be introduced by something as simple as humans accidentally tracking species into a new environment from the bottom of their shoes, or something bigger like destroying an ecosystem to clear the land, forcing the species that lived there to flee to a new ecosystem that can be disrupted by the presence of a new species.
In most cases, it is difficult to relocate an invasive species, so there must be a different method to prevent the species from damaging their new ecosystems. By the time the damage is done, it is often too late to reverse the damage and stop the spread of the invasive species. However, there may be a way to cease the harm caused by invasive species using genetic modification.
One example of an invasive species is Xenopus laevis, or the African clawed frog. These frogs carry a fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Chytrid fungus infects amphibians with chytridiomycosis by attacking the part of a frog’s skin that contains keratin. Frogs use their skin to
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