Nature is Naturally Nativist
Invasive earthworms can alter the carbon and nitrogen cycles in woodland, as well as undermining native plant species, a study has said.Do tell. The original journal article, linked by BBC News, makes it clear that the negative impact on humans is the real concern.
US researchers found that the presence of non-native worms also accelerated the breakdown of forest litter, increasing the risk of soil erosion.
Human Dimensions of Earthworm Invasion in the Adirondack State Park, Human Ecology:
A study in Webb, NY—a town located within the Adirondack State Park, one of the most celebrated cultural and ecological regions in the US—exposes the human dimensions of earthworm invasion. Environmental history research, interviews with residents and bait sellers, and a mail survey of town residents show that positive attitudes towards earthworms and their ecological effects lead to casual disposal or use of them. Earthworm use is a strong cultural practice and the risk of their continued introduction in the Adirondacks is high.Perhaps someone could take the time and spend the money to study the human dimensions of the alien human invasion.