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The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy: invasive insect edition

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A beagle finds food that may bring pests into the U.S. (Photo courtesy of CBP)


Destructive insects and plants might come to the U.S. via passengers' luggage. (Photo courtesy of CBP)

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A new study predicts that in June 2010, key factors will align to create the kind of environment in which unwanted foreign pests can thrive: An increased number of flights will connect distant airports with similar weather conditions. The result? A perfect recipe for the spread of invasive organisms.