Invasive insects cost the world billions per year—5 October 2016

Researchers from The University of Adelaide, in collaboration with French researchers, have compiled the first comprehensive and robust database of the global economic costs of invasive insects estimating that invasive (non-native) insects cost humanity tens of billions of dollars a year—and are likely to increase under climate change and growing international trade.

Published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report a minimum US$70 billion a year cost globally to goods and services, and more than US$6.9 billion a year on health costs of invasive insects.

 

Image: Formosan subterranean termite.
Image courtesy: Wikipedia.

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016