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.
CuriosityOnline, from Discovery, outlines “10 ecosystems devastated by invasive species.”
Invasion of the hairy ants. From Myrmecos.
“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
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