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The Gorse Attack


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The coast has been invaded by an ornamental shrub that’s gone wild. Gorse, a non-native bush introduced from England, has taken over the dunes of the Oregon coast. The plant’s aggressive growth, and seeds that can remain dormant for 30 years has allowed it to outlast all human efforts to control it’s spread. Scientists have hope that a spider mite from New Zealand can finally provide a solution.

First Broadcast: 1994
Producer: Jeff Douglas

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