A major conference with some of Ireland’s leading environmentalists from north and south is continuing at IT Sligo today.

It is focussing on the ongoing threat of various invasive species, such as knotweed and the zebra mussel.

The findings of the conference will help influence governemnt policy in this area.

There are 35 identified invasive species in Ireland, ranging from the common rhododendron to knotweed.

They impact on a variety of areas, such as house prices. For example, properties with knotweed may be hit financially, according to expert projections.

Dr Frances Lucy, Head of the Department of Environmental science at IT Sligo, has been telling Ocean FM what we are talking about when it comes to invasive species: