Sorry Mr. Walrus, I know you love science but as science fans are always banging on about “evidence” here’s yet more evidence that sciencetits are so stupid in their wilful blindness to consequences they should be purged from the gene pool.
Richard Buggs is Senior Lecturer in Evolution and Ecology at Queen Mary University of London, a man who recently sequenced the DNA of a a birch tree genome (something the birch tree was absolutely thrilled about) has written an article in support of dendro – homeopathy. He reckons that they way to stop Ash and other British trees dying of plagues brought in on imported species is to bring in more plague bearing foreign species.
Here’s an extract of his peer reviewed paper “Barking. And up the wrong tree”
Trees in Britain do not have enough genetic diversity to cope with a global influx of pathogens.
As global trade introduces new pests and diseases, we face ecological and economic disaster as one after another tree species succumb to imported diseases.
The only long-term solution may be to introduce genetic diversity from around the world to British woodlands, giving them the ability to overcome global pathogen threats.
Compared to global tree diversity, British native woodlands contain a small set of immigrant trees with low genetic diversity.
Just a few thousand years ago Britain was a polar desert, so all our tree species are colonists arriving after glaciers retreated, mainly emigrating from refuges in southern Europe. [Read full article]
Well Dr. Buggs name alone tells us nobody could be better qualified than he to comment of the imported pests and fungi that kill our native plants and how can anyone disagree with logic like his? If someone is dying of arsenic poisoning you give them a great big does of arsenic and they will be sorted right away.
And what scientific evidence could be presented against such an argument.Obviously none because Dr. Buggs is a scientist and knows about … erm … bugs.
Well OK, we can probably get away with pointing out that Dutch Elm Disease did not do a lot of good. And bringing in potatoes from America imported the potato blight that caused the Irish famine. Mink from America almost wiped out our water voles (nice, cute Ratty from The Wind In The Willows), longhorn beetle from east Asia don’t do our Sycamore trees much good and other foreign tree boring insects affect a wide range of broadleaf trees.
In Norfolk the local wildlife trust has had to set up a special biodiversity unit, not to stop native species mating with their brothers and sisters as you might think but to stop them from cross pollinating with plants that just don’t belong here.
Japanese knotweed has been an enormous success since it was brought from – ahem – Japan and is a great favourite with everyone whose garden it has invaded.
It is impossible to name all the imported microbes, bugs and creepy crawlies that have damaged our native species but we must not forget the voracious American crayfish that are gobbling up everything in British streams and rivers and have even made budgie smugglers de rigeur for formerly nude bathers in Hampstead Heath’s swimming pools.
So what his Dr. Buggs up to? Is he perhaps shiiling for more and bigger grants for research into genetic modification and a world recreated by scientists in which we all roll around on little wheels repeating “We must obey.” Or is he just another Obsessive Compulsive bell end passing iff his madness as “science”.
The problem is not confined to Britain, the threat of non native plants has gone global.
What we need is not more biodiversity, it is dendro witch hunts. When we see foreign trees trying to sneak into the country we much BURN THEM
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