Causes and Consequences of Invasive Species; Past and Future Contributions of the LTER Network

In this country invasive species are viewed with more concern than are genetically modified organisms. While this view may change, the scientific issues associated with invasive species strongly overlap and occasionally are identical to those of genetically modified organisms. Vulnerability of native species to the introduction of novel genetic material, including swamping of gene pools, competitive and trophic effects, and patterns of spread are a few of the scientific issues common to both biological invasions and the release of genetically modified organisms.