Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mapping Invasive Species of Union Concern, Thirty-Seven of Them #Science #Environment

Although there is an obvious political metaphor inherent in the topic, that's not the purpose of the article since invasive species are making ecological disasters all over the world.

The first ever Baseline Distribution of Invasive Alien Species of Union Concern has been published by the JRC. The 37 invasive alien species covered by this report have been prioritised as species that need to be addressed at the level of the EU territory.

The report is based on the best available knowledge, resulting from data aggregated through the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN) in collaboration with the competent authorities of the Member States. This constitutes an important tool supporting the implementation of the EU Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (IAS).  Mapping invasive alien species of Union concern

When you've got a creature so bad they want to wipe it out of the entire European Union, you've got an organism which is either dangerous, destructive, or both.  Enormous financial consequences come from that type of invasion almost every time, typically in loss of crops, etc.

Many times invasive creatures are better competitors so they end up starving out similar types of native creatures.

Here's the Sahara Mustard invasion in America.  (  Getting to the roots of Sahara mustard invasion in the American Southwest)

That nasty bastard is choking out the desert wildflowers in the Southwest so the research is into finding ways to control it.

Fungi are often invasive because it's their nature to live that way and that's a problem if you're in a spacecraft.  (Science Daily:  Studying fungi to keep space travelers safe on new worlds)

Fungus is usually regarded as a problem but it will be needed on Mars because fungus will eat the things we won't; fungus will eat things nothing else will eat.  In that way they provide a vital function for the entire ecosystem.

However, introducing any kind of foreign organisms to some other location hardly ever seems to have a good result.

Cane Toads are a comedy favorite with people in other countries but they don't stay that funny when you're see they're huge and they're all over the place.  (Ithaka:  Addressing the Ecological Disasters of Hipsters and Cane Toads #Science #Environment)

There are rampant problems with invasive species in America and one of them is those damnable starlings.  People often think they look cool when they fly and mathematicians like to use them as a study for chaos theory but they overlook these are demonic hell birds which survive by taking over the nests of other birds where the other mother has such ingrained maternalism she will raise the starling young as her own even when it pushes her own babies out of the nest (which it will).

The Rockhouse rests.  The starling is definitely a hell bird and a flock is more deserving of a concussion grenade than any other application such a weapon could ever serve.

The presence of starlings is based on one of the most idiotic reasons of all:  some Dagwood thought all the creatures from Shakespeare needed to be represented in the New World.

Well, I tell you what, Dagwood.  There's one creature which didn't need to be represented in the New World:  Englishmen.

It's all evolution in action, however.  If there's anything we know for sure about evolution it's that the process is heartless.  Cute doesn't count for much when the bigger creatures asks what's for lunch.

There's not much to stop the invasions since they're a part of globalization and have been ever since rats started hopping rides on sea-going vessels.

That invasive creatures will keep on coming is not a reason for hopelessness unless maybe you regard humans in every part of the globe as invasive.  We're some of the best invaders around although we're not quite as good as ants.  No matter where it may be, ants will probably get their first.

Monsanto thinks the answer is to GMO the crops but their purpose is to patent the seed they produce and then drive other seeds from the market.  They make a single strong variant while eliminating others and, thus, reduce the genetic diversity of the species rather than increase it.

Coincidentally, this is the same company which invented the gun which fires from both ends of the barrel at the same time.  There's a world leader emerging from every class with Monsanto but (sob) they don't last long.

Ed:  so we should just give up on invasive species?

Well, you might start with constraining the aggressively stupid shit such as with starlings and cane toads.  Nevertheless, invasive species will come anyway since almost all of them are hitchhikers.  People will keep bringing them.

The trick for you is to figure out how to deal with it and for that we need Zen Yogi.

Booboo, God made all the creatures of the world but did you see him make any fences to keep them apart?

Booboo:  no, I didn't see that, Yogi

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