In the southern region of Brazil, a new invasive species threatens to alter the ecosystem forever. According to a recent article published in Science, genetic tools, including gene drive, could provide a solution.

The alien species are small arrow-shaped, caramel-coloured mussels, native to the Yangtze River in China. Although they are referred to as Golden mussels, they are anything but precious to the local ecosystem in Brazil. The species is thought to have arrived in the Americas around 1998 through the ballast water of ships coming from Asia. The mussels have rapidly choked out native species such as crabs and plants growing along the rivers because there are no local predators to control them.

By Naima Sykes, Target Malaria

On November 10th, we celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development, an international occasion to highlight the importance of science in society and the need to engage stakeholders in debates on emerging scientific issues. By linking science more closely with society, this day aims to raise awareness of possible solutions provided by research and innovation to some of the major global challenges we are facing today.

We are thrilled to announce that Conservation X Labs is the newest member of the Outreach Network! Conservation X Labs applies technology, entrepreneurship, and open innovation to source, develop, and scale critical solutions to the underlying drivers of mass extinction.

On the occasion of the first phase of CBD COP 15 talks in Kunming this past October, world leaders gathered to continue discussions on a way forward to halt biodiversity loss and restore threatened ecosystems. To succeed, they will need to address what IPBES (The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) has identified as the five main drivers of biodiversity loss, which include invasive alien species (IAS).

On November 4, Malaria Partners International will be hosting a webinar on genetically modified mosquitoes and the future of mosquito control for disease prevention. The highly anticipated event will provide an overview of Oxitec’s work and the Oxitec Mosquito Project, a collaborative endeavour designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes as a control tool for the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito population in the Florida Keys, United States.