Christopher Joyce Npr, NPR, British Antarctic Survey discussed on Morning Edition


From South Georgia to see if they could survive on Signi, they didn't but the bugs on the plants managed to hang in there. Really extreme environment. Joking not much and forget there and not much ten fish survive there in this thing is done both in ninety striving. The midge doesn't even need mates. It reproduces solo. A sexually doesn't have any predators. It doesn't have any competitive. So it's been able to just set up camp there then spread around the midges like moss, which is good for them. Because it's mostly what grows on the island Bartlett at the university of Birmingham in Great Britain says the midges decompose organic material in the soil doing the job of an SM in an ecosystem that never seen anything like it. So what's the harm here? Well, their appetite is altering the island. They create huge amounts of nitrogen compounds. It's like dumping fertilizer in the soil, and it could change the mix of plants and other insects there. Peter convy from the British Antarctic survey says that the midges might reach the Arctic mainland and play havoc with the ecosystem of one of the world's last pristine places. Is basically the cat's out the bag invading species are affecting everywhere and moral less and until the last continental scale policy will where Mkhize convy says scientists are doing their best to keep the midges from my grading off the island. Christopher Joyce NPR news. This is NPR news. And you are listening to KCRW. Good.

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