e-Science : Oct 2016 Issue 18
SNOTTY GOBBLING WEEDS However, more research has to be done on Cassytha before we can release the beast. This is because we don’t want to do more harm than good and make sure that Cassytha is not going to be a danger to the very native vegetation we are trying to protect. We want to make every effort to avoid repeating mistakes from the past such as the introduction of the cane toad (native to South and Central America) into Australia in the 1930s, which were intended to control Australian native beetles that were causing damage to crops of sugar cane. Since then, the toads have hit plague proportions with an ever-expanding range. They are toxic to many Australian native predators, and as a result reducing species diversity in the areas that they are found. Nevertheless, it looks like Cassytha is going to be a promising weapon for controlling weeds and conserving our species diversity, so stay tuned! Incidentally, if you ever go out for a walk in the RESOURCES bush, keep a keen eye out for Cassytha and see if the plant its growing on looks healthy or not. You can’t miss Cassytha out in the bush; it looks like green string with suckers and when it really gets growing it looks like a huge spider web covering a group of plants like something straight out of a vampire movie! View the relevance to the Australian Curriculum Download our suggested lesson plan Did you enjoy this article? You may like to consider studying one of the following degrees in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences Bachelor of Applied Biology Bachelor of Science (Advanced) Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology) Find out more about these degrees here: www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/degrees/ Have feedback or got a question? Click here to contact us.
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