Freaky Friday, Freaky problem

Fourth in line to comment Dr Ricciardi’s presentation and still something to say. Perhaps this is a sign of the excellence of the presentation. His talks was energetic, passionate and fledged with he desire to inform his audience about one of the global problem of our modern world : Global swarming. He used metaphore and convincing and chocking vocabulary (some of my collegues already pointed it out) to deliever his message 

As the name implies, global swarming if affecting the entire planet. Dr Ricciardi made it quite clear the the once know boundaries were gone with the globalisation and the expension of transportation. Animals and plants are now found outside their resisding area. So far, no problem, since it happens naturally. Where the problem arise is in the number of invasion. In Hawaï for exemple, the ratio invasion\year went up a million times if you compare the pre-human ratio to the actual ratio.

Dr Ricciardi has also shown that there are many relation beetween species. Those relations are fragile and the introduction of a new specie may affect the entire ecosystem. For exemple, the waterfowl of the grand lake (i think it was Erie, sombody correct me if i’m wrong) are now dying of botulism. This is cause by an anaerobic bacteria, Clotridium botulism. Usually, there were no link beetween the to specie. But the introduction of a filtrating specie change it all. The bateria is now being filtrated by Zebra mussel, which in return are eaten by the Round gaby. Eventually, the waterfowl feed on Round gaby and are infected with the disease. Such an interaction did not exist in the past. N.B.: Botulism occurs in human as well. A source can be non-sterilised (or poorly sterilise) food caning.

As for economical consideration, Dr Ricciardi pointed out that the assessment were only partial and only on a regional level base. His solution implied better founding for the Canadien food inspection agency which he describe has the line of defence against invading species. But, the fact remains that the interaction between the species are very complexe thus hard to predict and assess. It will be a reel challenge to contain the invasive specie from doing harm to the native environnement especially if we can’t predict were they will be the most destructive.

4 Responses to “Freaky Friday, Freaky problem”

  1. Good comments… One of the interesting things that Dr. Ricciardi mentioned was the fact that he did not hesitate to suggest environmental policies regarding invasive species. He clearly took a position. That makes him biased? Yes, for sure but facts and examples given to the audience were strong and well reported! However, even if Dr. Ricciardi appeared to be right, he made too many biased comments such as “ecological terrorists” for invasive species. The crowd loved it according to their reactions (laughs). Even if people appear to like those comments, it is a matter of using a good “dose” of partial comments.

  2. Johannes says:

    Oy vey, stumbling over the many mistakes in the text is very disturbing. I would volunteer fixing it, but your grasp of the English language must be much better. 🙂

  3. Holy shit number 12 is incredible!

  4. I noticed that this is not the first time at all that you mention this topic. Why have you decided to touch it again?