A group of ecologists from the State University of New York argue for the positive impact of invasive species on the biological landscape.

Often regarded as “villains of conservation biology” due to their apparent disruptive presence in the biological landscape, invasive species are now reported to be beneficial in certain conditions, according to ecologists from the State University of New York.

In a paper published Feb. 22 in Conservation Biology, Martin Schlaepfer and his colleagues argue that invasive species may serve a variety of beneficial roles, such as “providing ecosystem services, replenishing human-damaged regions, and generally helping to sustain some semblance of natural health even as many ecosystems struggle to survive.”

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