invasion imageCommon ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, is an invasive plant which is spreading across Europe. Because of illness caused by its allergenic pollen and competition with crops, it’s costing Europe an estimated €4.5 billion a year. The solution may lie with releasing non-native beetles. In this activity students evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using biological control to halt the invasion of this alien plant.

Science objective

Ecosystems (Interdependence): Suggest what might happen when an unfamiliar species is introduced into a food web (KS3 Science Syllabus)

Designed for the KS3 Science SyllabusEnquiry objective

Examine consequences: Identify possible consequences to particular habitats and animals (KS3 Science Syllabus)

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