Australia’s current bushfire crisis could wipe out some of our rarer insect species, according to a group of experts.
Associate Professor Michael Braby from The Australian National University (ANU) says the bushfires will have a huge impact on our native insects, as well as the plants and animals that rely on them.
“Insects are critical for a healthy environment,” Associate Professor Braby said.
“They are food for many other animals, and contribute to processes like pollination, decomposition, nutrient cycling and soil aeration, which is vital because if the flowers of certain plants are not pollinated they can no longer reproduce.
“Sadly, few insects have strategies to escape fire. This means most are killed in the event of a bushfire, and their recovery relies on recolonisation from unburnt areas.” MORE
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