G3 Impacts of Humans on Ecosystems

Essential Biology G3: Impacts of Humans on Ecosystems

Here is a good TED talk from Stephen Palumbi on biomagnification in ocean food chains, with the resulting human health impacts:

And this article from Science Daily outlines the work of a team of researchers as they demonstrate biomagnification in a simple food chain, with links to vesicles.

……….o0O0o……….

CuriosityOnline, from Discovery, outlines 10 ecosystems devastated by invasive species.”

Invasion of the hairy ants. From Myrmecos.

Biological Control:

Defeating dengue by releasing mosquitoes with virus-blocking bacteria” from Ed Yong

Fungus loaded with scorpion toxin to fight malaria,” from Ed Yong.

Value in non-native species,” article by Carl Zimmer. Interesting stuff!

In this TED Talk, Shimon Steinberg explains how biological control of crop pests can be achieved – using other bugs!

Cane Toads: The Conquest hit Australian movie:

And here’s some cane toad comedy:

Key terms: invasive, species, biomagnification, bioaccumulation, UV, ozone, cancer, productivity, primary production, pollution, DDT, TBT, cane toad, biological control

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: