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Invasive Species in the United States

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Key Island, a barrier island off the South Florida coast, was infested with Australian pine trees, an invasive non-native plant that resulted in significant loss of biodiversity of native plant communities.

A salt-tolerant plant species, the tree has shallow root systems that causes it to topple easily in high winds. This propensity creates obstacles for Atlantic loggerhead turtles trying to nest on the beach.

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