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Cane Toad Wars - (Organisms and Environments) by Rick Shine (Hardcover)

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In 1935, an Australian government agency imported 101 specimens of the Central and South American Cane Toad in an attempt to manage insects that were decimating sugar-cane harvests. In Australia the Cane Toad adapted and evolved with abandon, voraciously consuming native wildlife and killing predators with its lethal skin toxin. Today, hundreds of millions of Cane Toads have spread across the northern part of Australia and continue to move westward. The humble Cane Toad has become a national villain.
Cane Toad Wars chronicles the work of intrepid scientist Rick Shine, who has been documenting the toad’s ecological impact in Australia and seeking to buffer it. Despite predictions of devastation in the wake of advancing toad hordes, the author’s research reveals a more complex and nuanced story. A firsthand account of a perplexing ecological problem and an important exploration of how we measure evolutionary change and ecological resilience, this book makes an effective case for the value of long-term natural history research in informing conservation practice. 
Number of Pages: 271
Genre: Nature, Science
Series Title: Organisms and Environments
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Rick Shine
Language: English
Street Date: March 20, 2018
TCIN: 53451233
UPC: 9780520295100
Item Number (DPCI): 248-68-0903
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