We have entered a new geological era - the Anthropocene , man - the main determining factor affecting the Earth's ecosystem. Excessive intervention in nature has created many problems, including the emergence of invasive plant and animal species. Introduced either accidentally or deliberately to new soil, these species have posed serious threats to native flora and fauna. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Colbert talks about the use of cutting-edge technology to possibly solve this environmental problem, as well as other consequences of human life. RBC Trends publishes a chapter from the book "Under the.
White Sky" by Elizabeth Colbert. The material was prepared in collaboration with . Initially, the toad-aga lived in South and Central America, as well as in the very south of Texas. In the middle of the 19th century Russia WhatsApp Number List they were brought to the Caribbean. The idea was that the toads would eat beetle larvae that were damaging the region's main cash crop, sugar cane. (The cane itself, by the way, was also imported, only from New Guinea.) From the Caribbean, toads came to Hawaii, and from there to Australia. In 1935, 102 toads were loaded onto a steamer in Honolulu. All but one survived the journey and ended up at a research station on the northeast coast of Australia where sugar cane is grown. During the year they laid more than 1.5 million eggs.
The tadpoles that were born were specially released into the rivers and ponds of the region. It is unlikely that the toads were of any use to the sugar cane. Beetle larvae sit too high above the ground for an amphibian the size of a cobblestone to reach them. But the toads weren't bothered. They easily found other food for themselves and continued to produce tadpoles by the millions. Starting on a patch of coastline in Queensland, they moved north to the Cape York Peninsula and south to New South Wales. In the 1980s, they made it to the Northern Territory.