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Date:10/11/2010

couraged than not by the new findings.

"We're really simplifying our environment, he says. That's what the diversity crisis is leading to humans living in monocultures. That's exactly what bush honeysuckle is, a human-caused monoculture."

"But as ecologists like to say, nature abhors a monoculture. Monocultures are unstable, and they often have negative consequences for human health."

"Many studies around the world are showing an increase in the risk of infectious disease as a result of the loss of biological diversity."

"It's hard to get people to focus on invasive plants. That's why these invaders are so successful. They're basically more persistent than we are."

"But people are more likely to pay attention when their health is at stake."

"So this may be a case of win-win ecology. Honeysuckle control would benefit native species but it would also benefit human health. I think that's the really encouraging message to have come out of this study. "


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Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis
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