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The latest threat to Antarctica: an insect and plant invasion

In addition, contingency plans to deal with plant or insect invasions should be developed and better use made of scientific experts when incidents occur.

Scientists say that as temperatures soar in the polar region, invading plants and insects, including the fly, pose a major conservation threat. More and more of these invaders, in the form of larvae or seeds, are surviving in coastal areas around the south pole, where temperatures have risen by more than 3C over the past three decades.


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